One of three scholarship offers extended by Clemson during the Dabo Swinney Camp this week went to 2019 four-star Jacob Lacey.
The defensive tackle from South Warren High in Bowling Green, Ky., coveted a Clemson offer. On Wednesday, Swinney delivered the news.
“I didn’t really know it was coming,” Lacey told The Clemson Insider. “I was hoping so, but when it came it was awesome. Coach (Todd) Bates pulled me and my family over to the side and told us we were going to meet with coach Swinney. When we did he talked to us for a bit, and then on the spot offered me a scholarship to play for him. It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had.”
Lacey called Clemson’s offer a dream he has been waiting on to become a reality.
“Ever since sixth grade, I told my dad if I was blessed enough to play college football, I would play at Clemson,” he said. “To see myself be able to have the privilege to be able to play there if I wanted to really makes me excited.
“Coach Swinney is a very straight-forward man who truly believes in the power and faithfulness of God, and I love every bit of it. Coach Bates has really been a great help for me. He’s a motivator and a very dedicated coach. He made me feel like I was part of a brotherhood with the other Clemson players while I was there. I love every bit of it.”
Clemson was one of just two camps Lacey planned to compete at, an indicator of his high interest level in the school. He and his parents traveled to Clemson for the full first, three-day session of the Swinney Camp this week.
Lacey’s father accompanied him on his most recent visit to Clemson for its junior day in March, as well as his trip for the Louisville game last season. This marked his mother’s first experience of Clemson.
“My dad already loves Clemson because of the other times we have been,” Lacey said. “My mom is very picky about what schools she likes, but she absolutely loved Clemson and the culture that the program has.”
Lacey (6-2, 300) has a list of other offers highlighted by Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee.
Watching him perform, Clemson thought the highly regarded recruit was better than advertised.
“They said they loved my explosion, quick twitch and also my quick hands,” Lacey said.
Right now, Lacey is contemplating a potential commitment this summer. If he waits, he wants to make his decision next spring.
“Either at the end of the summer or sometime around April,” he said.
As it stands now, Clemson stands atop his list of current offers.
“At the top for sure,” he said.
Lacey might next visit Notre Dame on Saturday, though his plans are up in the air as he is taking the ACT the same day. He plans to camp at Stanford on June 22.