Clemson enters mix for No. 1 OT recruit

Clemson enters mix for No. 1 OT recruit

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Clemson enters mix for No. 1 OT recruit

Kevin Pyne of Millis (Mass.) High School is regarded as the No. 1 offensive tackle recruit and one of the top overall prospects in the country for the class of 2020.

On Tuesday, Clemson officially entered the mix for Pyne’s services when offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell stopped by his school to extend a scholarship offer.

Pyne made his first visit to Clemson last summer and was excited to receive the offer, according to his head coach at Millis, Dana Olson.

“Kevin visited last summer, so he’s already familiar with Clemson, he’s already familiar with coach Caldwell,” Olson told The Clemson Insider. “He really likes coach Caldwell. … He had a great unofficial visit down there last summer. He obviously likes what’s going on down there from an athletic standpoint.”

Just a sophomore, Pyne stands at 6-foot-8.5, 275 pounds.

Like his size, Pyne’s offer list is huge. He is a national recruit with 19 power conference offers including Auburn, Boston College, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

Pyne has yet to narrow down his college choices. Per Olson, he is hoping to make his decision by the end of his junior season.

“I couldn’t give you a top five, a top 10, a top 20 right now,” Olson said. “He’s just taking it all in. He wants to get on as many campuses as possible so that he makes a good, educated decision at the end.”

Right now, Pyne is taking his time and doing his due diligence with the recruiting process. He has already seen a lot of schools but plans to make many more visits before it’s all said and done.

“He’s been to North Carolina, he’s been to Virginia Tech, he’s been to Florida, Florida State,” Olson said. “He’s been to Clemson, he’s been to NC State, he’s been to Duke.

“We’ll be taking a trip in March, and we’re going to be hitting Northwestern, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin in March.”

Pyne is likely to return to Clemson for another visit this summer.

“He’ll be back down to Clemson,” Olson said. “We’ll probably be back down there toward the summer part like we did last year.”

When Pyne considers Clemson, one aspect that appeals to him is the steady presence of Caldwell, who has been on Dabo Swinney’s staff since 2011.

“Coach Caldwell has been with Dabo now for a while, and that’s one of the big things we look at is, is this guy going to be here by the time Kevin gets on campus?” Olson said. “We really look for stability, and especially positional. With Kevin being an offensive lineman, we look at the coach, how long he’s been there, does he have roots there, is he from around there… That type of stuff all comes into consideration.”

Olson said the school that ultimately lands Pyne’s signature will be getting a player who is ready to perform at a high level right away.

“He’s a 6-8.5 kid. He’s 275 pounds who runs and bends very, very well,” Olson said. “But he plays like an old-school football player that can knuckle down and move bodies. The family he came from, they’re all offensive linemen. They had three generations in the NFL.

“So he had a really good foundation. He comes with a high, high football IQ. He sees things that kids his age shouldn’t be seeing and understanding. So when he gets on a campus, he’s going to be pretty well-versed on line play and stuff like that.”

Pyne comes from very strong bloodlines. His family is the first in NFL history to have three generations play professional football. Jim Pyne, Kevin’s uncle, was an All-American at Virginia Tech before playing nine seasons in the NFL.

Kevin is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 2 overall prospect in the 2020 class.

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