Clemson dispensed an offer on Tuesday to a talented playmaker from the Lone Star State.
Cypress (Texas) Cypress Springs 2018 three-star athlete Taye Barber said defensive coordinator Brent Venables and safeties coach Mickey Conn stopped by his school yesterday to inform him of the offer.
“It meant a lot to me,” Barber told The Clemson Insider. “I was very excited and speechless.”
As a junior last season, Barber threw for 844 yards and eight touchdowns while completing 46 of 79 passing attempts. He also rushed for 385 yards and five touchdowns on 86 carries, and recorded nine receptions for 256 yards and a score.
Barber (5-10, 183) said Clemson showed its first sign of interest when Conn came to his school a few weeks ago during the spring evaluation period.
Some programs are recruiting him as a receiver, while the Tigers are among those who view him as a defensive back.
“They said I was a freak with great ball skills, speed and explosiveness,” Barber said. “And they love my passion for the game.”
Barber also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Houston, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin among others.
Clemson’s culture appeals to him.
“Their family and winning culture that they have,” he said. “Can’t wait to get up there and visit.”
Along with Clemson, he named Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, TCU, Utah and West Virginia as the schools currently standing out on his offer sheet.
Barber hopes to visit Clemson sometime this summer, but said he will have to work around his summer school schedule.
He is eyeing a summer decision but said he could wait to make it during his senior season.
What is he looking for as he evaluates his choices?
“Somewhere there is a family culture,” Barber said, “where I feel comfortable at and can win games and championships. Somewhere I can call home.”
Barber is ranked as the No. 29 athlete nationally by Rivals.
He is a teammate of four-star safety Leon O’Neal, who was offered by Clemson in January and visited for the spring game last month.