Though Clemson is approximately 500 miles away from the hometown of 2018 Fairfield (Ohio) offensive tackle Jackson Carman, the Tigers still have location in their favor as they try to land the blue-chip recruit.
Clemson, which offered Carman on May 19, is much closer to where Carman’s father resides — Charleston.
The opportunity to be nearby his dad while in college is one of the reasons Carman was pleased after Fairfield head coach Jason Krause relayed news of the offer that Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell dropped off last Thursday.
“I told him, and he was very excited,” Krause said during a conversation with The Clemson Insider. “His father lives in Charleston, so it was awesome to have an opportunity maybe to go down and get close to Dad.”
Carman is regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in his class, and he has 31 offers to show for it.
Clemson likes the athleticism and polish Carman displays at 16 years of age.
“He is a very talented young man,” Krause said. “He moves extremely well. Having him at the point of attack and the ability for him to pull and get from one side to the other are obviously very big assets for us offensively.
“He plays with a fire and an intensity that really is encouraging for our other players, and I think that a lot of times, just a sophomore last year, he was a leader on the field by the way he played.”
Carman will be in Charleston to spend time with his father this summer, so Krause is working with him and Clemson to arrange a visit while he’s in state.
Beyond Clemson’s location, Krause said Carman likes the academic prestige of the school, as well as the spotlight Clemson plays under.
“I think the fact that they play on a national stage is a big deal,” Krause said. “The fact that they had a very good season last year, their facilities are top-notch, they play in a fine league and football is important there.
“Also, academically, as far as he’s looked and researched, Clemson is a very good university, so that’s very important to him. The whole picture is really important to Jack.”
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