Orange City (Fla.) University five-star running back Lorenzo Lingard, a top-15 player nationally in the 2018 class, had an excellent season as a junior. The 6-foot, 180-pounder who possesses over two dozen offers posted 1,452 total yards on 149 touches (9.74 average) and 23 touchdowns.
The Clemson Insider caught up with Lingard, the country’s No. 2 running back according to 247Sports, who was offered by Clemson in April 2015.
“It was great,” Lingard said of his season. “I kept my focus and held myself to take big opportunities to make big plays.”
“My line did a great job this year,” he added.
In addition to Clemson, Lingard’s list of offers includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and others.
This season, Lingard visited Ohio State, Miami, Florida State, Florida and Central Florida.
Lingard intends to visit Clemson over the offseason or at some point in the foreseeable future.
“Yes sir,” he said. “Most definitely.”
What does Lingard hope to get out of the visit?
“I hope to see great people and things,” Lingard said. “It needs to feel like home.”
Lingard likes the way co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott utilizes the running backs within Clemson’s system.
“I like how the coach uses the running back to a standard where he can get positive yards and score,” Lingard said.
Overall, Lingard has taken notice of the upward trajectory of Clemson’s program and how the Tigers have many talented contributors.
“I didn’t really grow up watching Clemson, but they are on the come-up,” Lingard said. “I like how they have great athletes all around. Not just one standout player, but they have multiple players that stand out, and great coaches.”
Lingard said Ohio State, Miami and Auburn are a few of the schools standing out to him at this time.
There is currently no timetable for a decision from Lingard, but he knows what he is looking for in a school.
“A place I feel like I can be comfortable at and make an impact to a team,” Lingard said, “and also get a great education and move on beyond college to the NFL.”
Lingard is rated by 247Sports as the No. 3 prospect in Florida and the nation’s No. 15 prospect overall regardless of position in the class of 2018.