A pair of 2019 defensive backs from the Peach State picked up offers from Clemson on Thursday in Suwanee-North Gwinnett’s D.J. Turner and Lawrenceville-Archer’s Andrew Booth.
Another standout DB from Georgia in the class of 2019 could be close to his own offer from the Tigers.
Malik Washington of Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga., is on Clemson’s radar and visited Clemson to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.
Clemson safeties coach Mickey Conn had good things to say about his showing afterward.
“As we toured the facility he was telling me I performed well, my film is great and that they were close to pulling the trigger (on an offer) but to be patient with them,” Washington told The Clemson Insider.
Auburn was first to offer Washington in March 2016. Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana and Minnesota offered in May, joining the likes of Duke, Kansas State, Maryland, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest on his offer list.
Washington (5-9, 180) plays multiple positions for his high school team, including cornerback, safety, slot receiver and some quarterback.
Clemson views him as a defensive back and likes his ability to play both safety and corner.
“They told me I was one of the more dynamic players they’ve seen,” Washington said. “They told me they like my versatility to play multiple positions when needed.”
Reflecting on the Swinney Camp, Washington gave his experience high marks.
“I loved it,” he said. “The environment and things Clemson has to offer are top notch. I told the coaches that while talking after camp.”
Should Clemson extend the offer to Washington, his recruitment could shape up to be a battle between the Tigers and Tennessee.
“They would definitely be in the top two,” he said of Clemson. “Tennessee has shown me a lot of love but I see Clemson as my number one or two.”
Washington also visited Clemson for its junior day in March.
Along with Clemson and the schools that have offered, he said Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford and Virginia Tech have shown interest.
As a sophomore in 2016, Washington recorded 45 tackles with five interceptions and seven pass breakups on defense. Offensively, he caught 41 passes for 649 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 369 yards and one touchdown, and completed 11-of-13 passes for 106 yards and three more scores.