So far, Clemson has offered only one tight end in the class of 2019.
Greenwood (S.C.) Emerald’s Luke Deal could be the next in line to earn an offer from the Tigers.
Deal (6-5, 230) nabbed his first offer from NC State in November before Georgia gave him his second in December.
A day after the Bulldogs offered, Clemson tight ends coach Danny Pearman got in touch with Deal.
“The day after Georgia offered, I actually got a call from coach Pearman,” Deal told The Clemson Insider. “I was talking to him, and he said not to worry because Clemson kind of waits a long time (to offer). We had somebody at Emerald — Gage Cervenka — he was offered pretty late in his recruitment. So he was just basically saying don’t worry.
“He said they were definitely thinking about offering the number one tight end on their board. They said around January, February, maybe after that a little bit. They just offer a little later than most.”
Deal said Pearman and Clemson assistant Mike Reed have shown plenty of interest. Deal also plays basketball for Emerald and expects Pearman to attend one of his upcoming games.
“I’m hearing a lot,” Deal said. “They text me a lot and they tweet me pictures and stuff. It’s pretty cool. Coach Pearman said he was going to come watch one of my games here soon, so that’s always great. I like those guys.”
Deal competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp last summer and visited Clemson for the Wake Forest game in the fall. He estimated he has been to four or five games in Death Valley as a recruit. Deal’s sister is a student at Clemson, so he has a feel for the campus as well.
Clemson and Georgia were Deal’s childhood dream schools.
“Those were my favorite two teams always growing up,” Deal said. “Being an in-state guy, I’ve been to a lot of Clemson games. It would be unbelievable to get an offer from there. I’d be pretty excited for a while.
“I know how good a school it is, how great a program it is. It would be real exciting for sure.”
Deal wants to commit before his senior football season begins, maybe as early as this summer.
What will Deal bring to the table for his school of choice?
“I play with everything I’ve got,” he said. “I’m not the fastest guy in the world, but I give everything I’ve got every play. I’m aggressive, and I’ve got a lot of leadership qualities that I am pretty proud of.
“I love football, I love the game. I love getting after it.”
Besides Clemson, Georgia and NC State, Deal said he is drawing interest from Stanford, Wake Forest and Purdue. He is visiting Georgia this weekend and slated for visits to NC State and Wake Forest the next two weekends.
In addition to tight end, Deal played some quarterback and defensive end for Emerald last season.
To date, Clemson’s lone offer to a 2019 tight end is held by Lakeland (Fla.) four-star Keon Zipperer.