By Hale McGranahan.
Before Clemson’s 40-6 win over Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Parker Bourdreaux checked out one of the Tigers’ on-site bowl practices.
The junior offensive lineman attends Orlando’s Bishop Moore Catholic School, so it was a quick trip over to the Clemson practice site.
“I saw all the coaches. They’re really nice guys. They can’t talk to me, so I called them…they were talking to me on the phone since we can’t talk in person since it’s the dead period,” Bourdreaux told TheClemsonInsider, during a recent interview.
The four-star offensive lineman was impressed with what he saw from the co-coordinators, Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott, and offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell.
“I think they’re awesome. It’s a lot of passing. It’s a lot of spread. It’s just really cool to get a chance to watch them practice,” Bourdreaux said.
Bourdreaux didn’t watch the bowl game in person because he was out of town on a family ski trip, but the result certainly got his attention.
“That was crazy. I don’t think anybody was expecting a game like that,” he said.
In addition to his trip up to Clemson for the UNC game, Bourdreaux also went to games at Miami and Georgia Southern this season. A return visit to Clemson has yet to be scheduled.
“I’m not sure yet, but I know coach Scott wants me to come up to the one that’s January 31st,” Bourdreaux said.
With over 50 offers to his name, Bourdreaux has options, but he doesn’t have any favorites.
“I was thinking, maybe, if I get invited to one of the All-American games, I’d narrow it down (by) then, have a top three or a top five,” he said.