Clemson has re-entered the picture for Shelby (N.C.) four-star linebacker Dax Hollifield.
The Tigers began communicating with Hollifield again late last year, when it appeared Clemson would have space for him in the 2018 class if he wanted to go there. But circumstances changed thereafter, with several Clemson players deciding to return for the 2018 season, and Hollifield was told earlier this month that Clemson did not have a scholarship for him after all. Thus, the Tigers stopped recruiting him.
However, the Tigers have had attrition since then, and things have changed again for Clemson regarding Hollifield’s recruitment.
Hollifield’s head coach at Shelby, Lance Ware, confirmed to TCI that Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables stopped by the school on Wednesday.
While there, Venables informed Hollifield that the Tigers want him and have room for him in the 2018 class if he wants to join it.
“They’ve got a spot for him,” Ware said.
Ware said that Venables also met with Hollifield’s father at the school. Hollifield’s dad is the head basketball coach at Shelby as well as a defensive line football coach.
According to Ware, Hollifield’s parents may visit Clemson on Friday. Hollifield will not be able to visit, however, as he has a basketball game Friday night.
Per Ware, Hollifield is considering Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Stanford and Clemson at this point.
Hollifield has taken all of his official visits. He went to North Carolina and Virginia Tech in October before visiting Stanford this month.
Less than one week remains before Feb. 7, National Signing Day, and Hollifield’s decision is still very much up in the air according to Ware.
“I think he’s open to everything until next Wednesday,” Ware said.
Hollifield is expected to announce his decision on signing day. He is ranked by 247Sports as a top-five inside linebacker and top-100 overall prospect nationally.