Top 2020 prospect talks about his recent offer from the defending champs
Many high-profile programs haven’t wasted any time pursuing Orange Park (Fla.) Oakleaf four-star offensive lineman Jalen Rivers, who is touted as one of the top tackles in the class of 2020. Just a sophomore in high school, the 6-foot-5, 325-pound prospect already has more than a dozen scholarship offers to his credit.
This week, Rivers added another offer, one he had wanted for a while — from the defending national champion Clemson Tigers.
“It felt great,” Rivers told The Clemson Insider. “I really was waiting for this particular school to offer me. It feels like a dream come true.”
Clemson co-offensive coordinator and area recruiter Jeff Scott stopped by Oakleaf on Tuesday to drop off the offer.
Rivers caught the attention of Clemson’s staff with an impressive performance at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June. He also competed in a full three-day session of the Dabo Swinney Camp last year and visited Clemson again this season.
Several aspects of Clemson stand out to Rivers from his experiences.
“Their eye-catching facilities, the friendly atmosphere and surroundings, and an outstanding education,” he said.
Rivers boasts an offer sheet as a sophomore that a lot of seniors would love to have. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Michigan are just some of the places he has a chance to play at in the future.
Where do the Tigers stack up on his list after throwing their hat in the ring?
“Clemson is up there somewhere on the top of my list,” Rivers said.
Rivers isn’t rushing his recruiting process and doesn’t plan to render a decision in the near future.
“I’m not really thinking about that right at this moment,” he said when asked about his commitment timeline. “But probably after football season my junior year or senior year. I haven’t really decided.”
Rivers said he feels Miami and Florida State are recruiting him the hardest in the early going.
Rivers is ranked as a top-10 prospect in the Sunshine State, a top-10 offensive tackle and a top-100 overall prospect for the 2019 class.
Clemson also extended an offer to Rivers’ teammate at Oakleaf, 2020 defensive end Chantz Williams.