Among the members of Clemson’s historic 2018 recruiting class who made their official visits to Clemson this weekend was tight end Braden Galloway.
The Seneca (S.C.) prospect has been committed to Clemson since April but said the official was his best visit yet.
“It was the best weekend that I’ve had up there,” Galloway told The Clemson Insider. “We got there Friday around 3, and they had all the hotel rooms set up. You could tell they put their all into it, even the small details, setting everything up for all the players and parents.”
What was the highlight?
“It was all great, but if I had to pinpoint one thing, it would probably be at coach Swinney’s house, just getting to know all the other recruits,” Galloway said. “I know most of them because we’ve gone to a lot of the games, but this weekend — at least the people that are committed and even the ones that haven’t committed — we all grew a bond together over the weekend. So that was cool.”
Galloway was accompanied by his parents on the visit.
“They loved it,” Galloway said. “They had a blast.”
Each official visitor was assigned a player host or hosts who they hung out with. Galloway was taken around and spent time with cornerback LeAnthony Williams and defensive lineman Jordan Williams, as well as running back Darien Rencher.
“Friday night it was LeAnthony and Jordan Williams, and Saturday night it was Darien Rencher,” Galloway said. “Darien and my brother grew up together, so I’ve known him for a long time. It was fun getting to talk to him.”
Galloway met with Swinney on Saturday night at his home.
“He was basically just telling me to take in every moment,” Galloway said. “He said the four or five years will go by in a blur, and he was just saying to take everything in and use football, don’t let it use you. Basically letting me know what he expected out of me and told me to be a leader, that you don’t have to be a senior to be a leader.”
Along with the Tigers’ 11 commits in the 2018 class, several uncommitted priority targets took their official visits to Clemson this weekend. Two of those were Phenix City (Ala.) Central five-star wide receiver Justyn Ross and Butler (Ga.) Taylor County four-star running back Lyn-J Dixon.
“I talked to Lyn-J a lot, and I know he had a good time,” Galloway said. “And I talked to Justyn Ross (Saturday) night. I feel like Clemson is definitely in his mix. He didn’t say anything specifically about committing or anything, but I could tell he was having a blast.”