After making his first visit to Clemson over the summer, an intriguing 2019 defensive back from Alabama returned on Sept. 9 and witnessed the Tigers’ 14-6 victory over Auburn.
Spanish Fort four-star cornerback D.J. James experienced the atmosphere in Death Valley for the first time, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
“The environment was amazing,” James told The Clemson Insider. “Great hospitality. I really enjoyed the game. The offense and defense fought really hard, and the fans are just out of this world.”
Not only did Clemson fans impress James, but so did the program’s football operations facility.
“I thought it was great,” he said. “One of the best facilities I have seen so far. Love it there.”
James (5-10, 170) is a talented cover corner with top-end speed and instincts. He received his first offers from Ole Miss and UAB in January before picking up offers from Florida and FAU in the spring. Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Clemson are among the other schools showing interest.
Knowing what Clemson has to offer, James said an offer from the Tigers would be big.
“That would mean the world,” he said.
James hopes his first game-day visit to Clemson isn’t his last this season.
“I’ll try to make it up there when they play Florida State,” he said.
James is ranked by ESPN as the No. 15 cornerback and No. 164 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
As a sophomore last season, he intercepted six passes and returned four of them for touchdowns.