Thomaston (Ga.) Upson-Lee four-star defensive lineman Travon Walker has visited Clemson a couple of times, most recently for the Auburn game on Sept. 9.
Todd Bates will return the favor with a visit to watch Walker compete on Friday night. Clemson’s defensive line coach is expected to attend Upson-Lee’s game versus Howard.
“We talk just about every day, and he told me he was coming to see me Friday,” Walker told The Clemson Insider. “It means a lot. They’re showing me a lot of attention. It shows me that they really want me.”
Clemson has made Walker, one of the top prospects in the 2019 class, feel like a priority since offering him in January.
Bates also paid Walker a visit during the spring evaluation period earlier this year.
“He told me that when he first got the job, I was the first person he came to visit when they started traveling,” Walker said of Bates. “So that was pretty big for me.”
Walker has built a good bond with Bates over the course of the year and said he feels like family.
“If I had to explain it, it would have to be like one of my closest cousins,” Walker said of their relationship. “We just bond like that.”
Walker (6-4, 240) also has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee. He isn’t claiming any favorites and doesn’t have a timeline for his decision right now.
“I’m still just enjoying the process right now,” he said.
Walker said academics will be one of the primary factors in his college choice. He plans to major in either sports medicine or criminal justice.
“My education, my major, then I would have to say the bond between me and my position coach because that’s the main person I’m going to be around a lot,” Walker said of the criteria for his future decision. “Then I’d have to say playing time and the depth chart. Most of the schools that have offered me said I have the talent to come in and start as a true freshman, I just have to put in the work to.”
Walker could project at either defensive end or tackle at the next level. He is ranked as a top-50 prospect in the 2019 class regardless of position.