A pair of top in-state prospects made a trip to Clemson on Monday, though it wasn’t for a recruiting visit.
Columbia (S.C.) Hammond School sophomore defensive linemen Alex Huntley and Jordan Burch were on campus for the day with their schoolmates as part of an academic field trip.
Though Huntley and Burch didn’t make their way to the football operations complex, the class of 2020 recruits just so happened to run into Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates during their lunch break.
TCI caught up with Huntley, who was able to speak briefly with Bates.
“I was there for an academic visit with my classmates and saw coach Bates,” Huntley said. “He invited me to junior day.”
Huntley, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle, plans to return to Clemson for its junior day on March 3.
“I’m going to attend,” he said, “and I’m hoping to spend some more time with the coaches and learn as much as I can about the program.”
Huntley has picked up power conference offers from Michigan and Oklahoma this year to go with others from Georgia and South Carolina.
Clemson is among other schools showing interest, and a few coaches including Bates and Dabo Swinney stopped by Hammond School last month to check up on Huntley and Burch.
“Coach Swinney, coach Bates and coach (Brandon) Streeter came by the school during the contact period,” Huntley said.
Huntley competed at the Dabo Swinney last June before being invited to and attending a couple of games in Death Valley last season.
Monday’s visit allowed Huntley to get a better feel for the academic side of Clemson.
“It’s a great campus and it seems like the student life is really good too,” he said.
Bates has expressed his interest in Huntley and his film.
The interest between Huntley and Clemson is certainly mutual.
“Clemson is a top program with great coaches, facilities and players,” Huntley said. “I really like the environment.”
Huntley said Virginia Tech and Texas have shown interest of late as well. As a sophomore last season, Huntley registered 61 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and seven sacks while helping Hammond win the SCISA Class 3A state championship. He also plays Lacrosse for Hammond.
Burch, meanwhile, had 16 rushing touchdowns while posting 10 tackles for loss and six sacks as a defensive end. He carries offers from Clemson, Georgia, Michigan and South Carolina among others and attended a game at Clemson last fall as well.