Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett four-star defensive end Justin Mascoll received an offer from Clemson when he was in the eighth grade.
Mascoll has loved the Tigers ever since. He committed to Clemson in March, and on Wednesday, he signed his national letter of intent with the university.
“It started in the eighth grade,” Mascoll told The Clemson Insider. “I met coach V (Brent Venables), and he was like you have an offer. I was like wow, this is crazy. It was so surreal. I was one of those kids that just played football. I was never really worried about the offers and scholarships… That’s pretty much when it kicked off.”
Mascoll, one of the nation’s top-ranked defensive ends, was heavily recruited by many big-time programs. He held two dozen offers and visited a lot of schools, but in the end, Clemson is the only place he wanted to be.
“Just seeing the people there, it felt like home,” Mascoll said. “I felt comfortable. A lot of other places, I got tired of being there. Clemson, I really felt like this was the place for me.”
Mascoll’s father fell in love with Clemson during the process, as well, especially when it came to how Venables handled his son’s recruitment.
“He’s been up front with us the whole way,” Mascoll’s father told TCI. “There’s no sugarcoating it… You’ve got to love it compared to some of the other schools we’ve traveled to. Everything was up front.”
Mascoll’s father was also highly impressed by the genuineness of Clemson’s family culture.
“Everybody (other schools) preaches family, but you never see the family,” he said. “At Clemson… it’s family.”