It might not be the most glorious or exciting position on the field, but any good offensive-minded coach will tell you that a good offensive line is the backbone of an offenses success. Sure, the quarterback commands the offense but without a solid line of big guys blocking for him he has little time to make decisions and pick up yards in the air and on the ground.
That has been one of Clemson’s secrets to its offense. The Tigers mesh well and buy into the system, allowing them to hold up against the “big boys” of the SEC and Big 10. It also helps that they face one of the best defensive lines in the country in practice every day.
Clemson gets a lot of its offensive line talent from the Atlanta area as well as North Carolina and South Carolina, and that will most likely not change in the coming years, although they have recently started to branch out to Tennessee, Ohio and Florida.
Offensive tackle Warren McClendon Jr., class of 2019, could keep that geographical trend up. The four-star tackle out of Brunswick (Ga.) High holds offers from over a dozen ACC, SEC and Big Ten schools, including Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State.
McClendon recently camped at Georgia and South Carolina and while both visits went very well, they did not have much of an effect on his recruitment so far. He is waiting until the fall to take more visits, and while he has not planned any in particular ones, he will be attending a Clemson game in Death Valley this season.
Right now, Georgia, Florida State and South Carolina are recruiting him the hardest.
As he enters his junior season and his recruitment starts to pick up, McClendon plans on narrowing down his commitment most likely sometime during this season.
While he is searching for his top schools, two of the attributes he is looking for are “just the program and the school’s atmosphere,” he said.
Clemson checks both of those items off the list for McClendon, as he told The Clemson Insider “the program, coaching staff, education, and the school’s atmosphere” all stand out to him.
McClendon still has plenty of time left in his recruitment, but he can already “envision fitting in really well” with the Clemson program.
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