After competing at the Dabo Swinney Camp the past two summers, Dane Motley returned to Clemson last weekend for a different experience.
The 2019 defensive back from Alpharetta, Ga., unofficially visited Clemson for its season opener against Kent State on Saturday and witnessed the game-day environment in Death Valley for the first time.
“It wasn’t my first visit because I’ve been to the Clemson camp, but it was my first game-day visit so I really enjoyed it,” Motley told TCI. “It was great. I liked the energy of the fans.”
The Tigers’ 56-3 bashing of the Golden Flashes, as well as the Allen N. Reeves Football Complex, stood as a couple of the highlights of his day in Tiger Town.
“Seeing the blowout,” Motley said. “But I also liked the new facility that they built. My favorite part had to be the weight room because there was a lot of stuff that could help you get bigger and better and stronger.”
Motley had a chance to catch up with co-defensive backs coaches Mike Reed and Mickey Conn after meeting them at the Swinney Camps.
“I got to talk to coach Reed and coach Conn,” he said. “We talked about how my season is going so far and what I expect for the season.”
Motley is getting interest from several programs including Clemson and should attract more attention as an upperclassman. The 6-foot, 180-pounder has also camped at schools such as Florida State and Tennessee and shown his ability to see the field, find the ball and make plays on it.
Like a lot of prospects these days, Motley is working to receive an offer from a school like Clemson.
“That’d be great for me because I would love to play for Clemson,” he said.
Through two games this season, Motley has recorded 14 tackles, one interception and a pass deflection playing strong safety. The multi-sport athlete also plays basketball for Alpharetta.