On Thanksgiving Day, four-star cornerback Jaylin Simpson gave five programs a reason to be thankful.
The 2019 prospect from Saint Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy released his top five schools last Thursday. Clemson made the cut, as did Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State.
After he announced the news, The Clemson Insider caught up with Simpson to get the latest on his recruitment.
“Clemson made my top five because of the family feel you get there,” Simpson said. “You can tell they care about you as a person and not just as an athlete.”
Clemson extended an offer to Simpson in August, and the Tigers made a big impression on him a month later when he visited for the Auburn game.
Simpson’s area recruiter for Clemson, Jeff Scott, paid him a visit in October to watch one of his games. Afterward, Scott reached out to Simpson with a message.
“I’ve heard that I could be special there,” Simpson said. “Coach Scott came to one of our games, and he texted me after and said he could see me being a three-year starter at Clemson.”
Simpson (5-11, 165) holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech in addition to his top five.
Not only did Clemson make his list of top schools, but Simpson told TCI that Clemson remains the leader in his recruitment.
“Clemson is still my number one right now,” Simpson said. “I can see myself there.”
What will be important to Simpson when he renders his college decision?
“The most important factor will be the way I fit in,” he said, “and how the school will impact my life past football.”
Simpson is ranked as a top-200 prospect in the 2019 class regardless of position. He is teammates with four-star wide receiver Jashawn Sheffield, who also has a Clemson offer.