Clemson, mammoth Florida OL have mutual interest

Clemson, mammoth Florida OL have mutual interest

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Clemson, mammoth Florida OL have mutual interest

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Many major programs are already in pursuit of mammoth offensive lineman Jalen Rivers, who competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp last week and showed why he has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan and Tennessee among others.

Rivers, a rising sophomore from Oakleaf High in Orange Park, Fla., was initially grouped with the underclassmen linemen at the camp. But the 6-foot-5, 330-pounder was too dominant to stay with his own age group, so Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell bumped him up.

“He moved me up to the senior group, and after I went he gave me tips that were really helpful so I could fix my mistakes,” Rivers said.

Rivers impressed Caldwell with his physicality, quickness for his size and great footwork.

“When I was at coach Caldwell’s station at the camp, he told me he really liked my ‘get-off’ of the ball and my footwork,” Rivers said. “He told me he really liked me and to keep up the good work.”

Rivers, who also participated in a full three-day session of the Swinney Camp last year, appreciated another opportunity to showcase his talent for Caldwell and Clemson’s staff.

“I really enjoyed competing against some of the top prospects and showing and displaying my skills for the coaches to see,” he said. “I really enjoyed myself and just had fun at the camp. I also loved Clemson’s campus and facilities.”

This summer Rivers has also camped at Florida, which gave him his first offer in March. He plans to attend Miami’s camp in July.

Boston College, Duke, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma are showing interest along with Clemson and the schools that have offered.

Rivers is highly interested in Clemson early in the process.

“Everyone, the coaches and players, are very committed to the game,” he said. “They grind and work hard for what they want, and that’s what stands out the most about them.”

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