Talented 2019 prospect planning to visit Clemson after picking up offer
Class of 2019 offensive tackle Andrew Kristofic is one of the top prospects in Pennsylvania and has more than 20 scholarship offers.
The Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland product received his latest offer from Clemson on Thursday.
Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell informed Kristofic of the offer. Caldwell began communicating with him about two weeks ago.
“It was great. I was really excited,” Kristofic told The Clemson Insider. “Clemson hadn’t been a school I had really talked to much until a couple weeks ago, and coach Caldwell has come to visit me a couple times in the last couple weeks. I’ve been talking back and forth with him a lot, so whenever we talked today he let me know that they wanted to offer me a scholarship.”
When he looks at Clemson, Kristofic said the program’s prominent level of success in recent years stands out.
“Clemson right now is one of the very top-tier programs in the whole country,” he said. “I mean with winning a national championship and going to the playoffs for the last few years, winning the ACC championships and everything like that… Football wise, they’re really at the forefront of everything right now with all the success that they’ve been having.”
Kristofic (6-6, 260) intends to visit Clemson soon, it’s just a matter of when exactly.
“That’s one of the things I’ve been talking with coach Caldwell about, getting the chance to bring the whole family down for a visit sometime before (spring) official visits start,” Kristofic said. “I’ll probably see a practice and spend the weekend down there and see what all Clemson’s about. I definitely will be making a trip down there. Just not quite sure when exactly.”
Last season, Kristofic attended games at Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State and Pittsburgh.
He went to Ohio State again last weekend and will visit Virginia Tech this weekend, with Notre Dame and Michigan a couple other schools he wants to check out moving forward.
“I’m just trying to get a list of schools together and narrow things down to a few schools that I want to take official visits to this spring or summer before I make my decision,” Kristofic said. “I want to make a decision before I go into my senior year just so I can enjoy my last year of high school without having to really worry or still have college stuff up in the air.”
Kristofic said he can see Clemson being a contender for his services until the end.
“Everyone I’ve ever talked to that has been down at Clemson absolutely loves it, and I’m starting to build a really good relationship with coach Caldwell now,” Kristofic said. “Obviously what they’re doing on the field and everything like that is hard to match right now. So, I feel like Clemson will be a school that will be around right until the very end.”
Kristofic, who is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 2 prospect in Pennsylvania, earned all-state honors last year after helping lead Pine-Richland to a 16-0 record and the Class 6A state championship. His dad, Dave, played at Pittsburgh.