Standout 2019 cornerback Adonis Otey on his Clemson interest and more
With the Feb. 7 National Signing Day approaching, Clemson is largely focused on wrapping up its 2018 recruiting class. But it won’t be long before the Tigers turn the bulk of their attention to Class of 2019 prospects.
One prospect in the next cycle to keep an eye on is Mufreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman four-star cornerback Adonis Otey, who figures to be further evaluated by Clemson’s staff moving forward.
Otey (6-1, 170) is ranked among the top 250 overall players in the 2019 class. He owns over a dozen scholarship offers, including ones from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisville, LSU, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Clemson hasn’t yet thrown its hat in the ring for Otey, though there has been occasional contact between him and cornerbacks coach Mike Reed.
“The DB coach sends stuff, something every now and then,” Otey told TCI.
Otey made a visit to Clemson for the Wake Forest game last season and came away impressed by what he saw.
“The players seem to love playing for the coaches, and that they don’t mind playing freshmen is a major key for me,” Otey said. “The whole atmosphere is a great thing in my book, and plus they win every year.”
Otey wants to commit and shut down his recruitment by the start of his senior season. Should Clemson come in with an offer before then, Otey said it would give him a lot to think about.
“I would have to entertain it because it’s a top program,” he said. “They still have a little time because the season is about seven months out.”
Alabama, Florida, Louisville and Tennessee also hosted Otey for unofficial visits in the fall. Right now, he is planning trips to Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama this offseason.
What is Otey looking for in a school as he navigates the recruiting process?
“Overall family environment, networking after I graduate, campus life and can they help develop me to get to the next level,” he said.
Otey said Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and Louisville are standing out right now on his current offer list. He was committed to Tennessee for about two and a half months before reopening his recruitment last July.
Otey hails from the same high school as former Clemson 2018 running back target Master Teague and 2019 wide receiver target Trey Knox.