Clemson’s 2019 recruiting efforts will largely focus around the offensive line and secondary positions.
They are targeting a host of cornerbacks and safeties, while also looking for athletes who possess the versatility that defensive coordinator Brent Venables loves.
The Tigers are still searching around and with the spring being a pivotal time for visits, expect them to send out more and more offers as the off-season continues to unfold.
Blackman (Tn.) prospect Adonis Otey is a player to watch this spring.
The 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback holds over a dozen offers, including ones from Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Louisville. He told The Clemson Insider he has recently been in contact with Alabama, Ohio State, Louisville, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Out of those schools, he said Alabama, Oklahoma, Louisville and Arkansas were standing out to him the most because “They are just doing a good job of recruiting me and telling me I’m one of the top guys.”
In addition to those schools contacting him, he has had quite a few schools stop by his high school…too many to name.
Otey said he has not heard from Clemson recently, but “figured they would do something after the 2018 signing period.”
If he hears from the Tigers in the next few weeks, Otey said he will definitely take a good look at Clemson, along with fellow teammate Trey Knox, a four-star wide receiver who has received an offer and is being heavily recruited by the Tigers.
Otey said they occasionally talk about recruiting, and that Knox has Clemson high on his list.
“We talk a lil’ bit about it and he’s really high on Clemson and I’m hoping we can make a trip down there together,” Otey said.
A visit looks to be on the list for both Otey and Knox, as they might be going to Tigertown together sometime in March.
“I don’t know when we will make it down hopefully next month on our spring break…I’m trying to have my school picked by the beginning of the season,” he said.
If the Tigers offer Otey soon, he said they will receive strong consideration as long as they reach out and show interest in him. He also mentioned the formation of the Tennessee-Clemson pipeline that is starting to form as well as the exciting atmosphere in Death Valley as an attraction to the school.
“They win and they love to come get us Tennessee guys … Death Valley be rocking on game day,” he said.
In addition to a possible Clemson visit, Otey will also be heading to Oklahoma, South Carolina, Alabama and Arkansas this spring.
Otey will be an interesting prospect to follow this spring, especially due to his connection with Knox. It is still very early, but they both end up visiting Clemson together, an offer for Otey could make the Tigers a tough school to beat for both players.