On Monday, Clemson checked out the recruiting highlight tape of Malvern (Pa.) Prep 2019 linebacker Keith Maguire.
The Tigers liked what they saw, and on Tuesday, Maguire landed a scholarship offer from Clemson during a phone conversation with defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
“(Monday) was the first time they actually contacted me,” Maguire told TCI. “They love my film, so they texted me a little bit saying we’ll be in touch. And then (Tuesday), at the end of school, coach Venables asked me to call him. So I called him up, and we had a good conversation. He told me that I have an official scholarship to them and that they like my film, all that type of stuff.”
“I was very excited,” Maguire added. “Clemson is a good school and a great football program, too. So it was big.”
Maguire (6-2, 215) was a first-team All-Inter-Ac selection at both linebacker and wide receiver in 2017.
As a junior, Maguire caught 19 passes for 278 yards and five touchdowns, including this highlight that made SportsCenter’s Top 10. Defensively, he intercepted three passes and was a problem for opposing offenses as he helped Malvern Prep win the Inter-Ac title.
“He just said I get it done,” Maguire said of what Venables likes about him. “He just likes the way I move around the field, make plays and can cover, too — not just a fill-the-gap linebacker.”
Clemson’s offer marks the 22nd total offer for Maguire, who has seen his recruitment take off in recent weeks. Nine of his offers have come this year, including five Power Five offers. Ohio State also offered this month, joining schools such as Notre Dame, North Carolina, West Virginia, Baylor, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Northwestern on his list.
With the offer, Clemson has vaulted to the top of the list for Maguire, who said the Tigers are now in his top three at this stage of his recruitment.
“Right now, I haven’t really been to a ton of places, but Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson would probably be my top three right now,” he said. “It’s pretty even just because I haven’t really been to a ton (of schools), but I think once I start to visit and get down I’ll be able to know more.”
Maguire has made two unofficial visits recently and is planning a couple more, including one to Clemson for its junior day on March 3.
“I was up to Northwestern and Notre Dame the most recently,” he said. “I’m planning on going to Ohio State and Clemson actually, next month.”
Maguire wants to make his decision by the start of his senior season, or during it. He is looking to begin narrowing things down this spring but said he hadn’t decided whether he will take any spring official visits.
In addition to the schools that have offered, Maguire said he is getting interest from Auburn, Alabama, Wisconsin, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Michigan State.