Clemson, top-ranked DE have strong mutual interest

Clemson, top-ranked DE have strong mutual interest


Clemson, top-ranked DE have strong mutual interest

There is plenty of mutual interest between Clemson and Clayton (N.C.) four-star defensive end Savion Jackson, one of the top-ranked prospects in the class of 2019.

Jackson doesn’t yet have an offer from the Tigers, though he is hearing from Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates.

“We talked like a few weeks ago,” Jackson told TCI. “He just said that we still want you, and they want me to be patient.”

Bates paid Jackson a visit during the spring evaluation period, and Jackson has had the opportunity to speak more in-depth with Bates during a couple of visits to Clemson this year.

“We are cool,” Jackson said of his relationship with Bates. “We talk about a lot of stuff other than football.”

Jackson made his first trip to Clemson to watch a spring practice in March, and returned to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.

Clemson has certainly impressed the Tar Heel State standout.

“I love the coaching staff, the atmosphere, the culture they have, and how successful the D-line is,” Jackson said.

Jackson (6-3, 245) received his first offer in February before his stock took off in the spring. His offer total, which has exceeded double-digits, includes Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Virginia Tech among others.

As a sophomore last season, Jackson tallied 51 tackles and seven sacks.

Jackson is ranked as a consensus top-250 national recruit in the 2019 class. ESPN ranks him as the No. 5 defensive end and No. 24 prospect regardless of position.


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