By Hale McGranahan.
Clemson recently sent out an offer to four-star defensive tackle Cam Spence.
TheClemsonInsider has been in touch with Mark Spence, the father of the 2017 prospect, who attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
“I know the history of Clemson. They’re in South Carolina, been in the ACC forever…I’ve been knowing about Clemson for a long time, from the basketball end, so from the football side a little bit,” he said.
The younger Spence transferred from Baltimore-Gilman School to the IMG Academy before the start of the current semester.
At IMG, he rooms with Clemson linebacker commitment Rahshaun ‘Shaq’ Smith.
“Shaq has been raving about (Clemson), too. We’re definitely interested in coming down and meeting the entire coaching staff, the defensive line coach, defensive coordinator (and) the head coach,” the elder Spence said. “We’re excited about it.”
Smith isn’t the only connection the Spence family has to Clemson.
“We actually met a wonderful couple who lives near there when we were on vacation last summer in Orlando. They’re from the area,” Spence said. “Clemson is everything to them and they’re excited about us coming down and visiting the school. Their son plays for one of the local high school teams, so we look forward to coming down there.”
Also connected to the family is Clemson reshirt sophomore linebacker Dorian O’Daniel.
“His high school was recruiting Camaron real heavily. Camaron almost went there, and so we spent a lot of time with Dorian O’Daniel,” Spence said. “I’ve seen pictures of him and he’s turned into a grown man. I love what they’ve been doing with him.
“Physically, he’s a great athlete. He played running back in high school. To see him that big and that strong, it’s truly amazing.”
Ohio State, Kentucky, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan State, N.C. State, Penn State and West Virginia have offered.
The younger Spence, who’s listed at 6-5, 285 pounds, comes from good stock. His mother ran track at Kentucky and his father played basketball at Wheeling Jesuit University.