While Clemson and N.C. State are still on different levels in the recruiting world, although the Wolfpack showed that they are slightly closing the gap the past several years, they still compete for some of the same recruits.
Players from the Carolinas are highly coveted around the southeast and battles between in and out of state foes get more and more heated as teams improve.
There are several North Carolina recruits that Clemson could be fighting with N.C. State for, one of those being defensive tackle Zovon Lindsay.
Lindsay, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tackle out of Trinity Christian (N.C.), visited N.C. State for its matchup against Clemson this past weekend.
“I was there and It was a great game, two great teams going at it was amazing,” Lindsay said. “Both teams competed at a high level with the ACC (Atlantic Division) on the line, the atmosphere there was amazing.”
The 2019 tackle said he enjoyed the family atmosphere at N.C. State.
“It was great spending time with the coaches, it’s like family every time I go there and the game atmosphere was amazing, the crowd was great,” he said.
Lindsay has not taken any other visits recently, but said the visits he has taken so far have helped him get comfortable with coaching staffs and program cultures.
“The more visits I’m taking the more I feel comfortable with some schools and the coaches,” he said. “I’m still not rushing the process and I’m still trying to enjoy and get as much information about a school when I go on visits as possible.”
Right now, N.C. State and Virginia Tech have been the most consistent with keeping in contact with Lindsay about “coming to visit and keep building relationships with them.”
He said he has not been in frequent contact with Clemson, but would like to in the near future.
“I haven’t actually talked to the coaches but they send me edits and stuff like that every day, I would definitely like to start hearing from them more,” he said.
According to Lindsay, he has been “receiving stuff from South Carolina lately but most of the same schools” that have been contacting him so far still stand at the top.
While Clemson has not offered him yet, Lindsay said the Tigers will always be one of his favorites.
“They are definitely always gonna be at the top of my list, it’s hard to count out Clemson,” he said.