Fast-rising DE talks Clemson offer: ‘It felt special’

Fast-rising DE talks Clemson offer: ‘It felt special’

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Fast-rising DE talks Clemson offer: ‘It felt special’

Four-star defensive end Justin Eboigbe is one of the fastest-rising junior prospects in the country. The 2019 prospect from Forest Park, Ga., has exploded onto the national recruiting scene this year.

Since late January, Eboigbe has hauled in more than a dozen scholarship offers, including ones from prestigious programs such as Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Notre Dame.

The good times kept rolling for Eboigbe on Thursday, when he received his latest offer from Clemson.

“It felt great,” Eboigbe said of the offer. “For them to be the national champions (in 2016-17)… For them to offer me, it felt special.”

Eboigbe (6-5, 261) was informed of the offer via a phone conversation with Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive tackles coach Todd Bates.

New Clemson defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall visited Eboigbe’s school during the recent NCAA contact period, and Eboigbe said he had been communicating with Bates and Venables leading up to Thursday’s offer.

“Coach came up there a couple weeks ago,” Eboigbe said. “I couldn’t talk to him, but him and my coach talked for quite some time. They invited me to junior day on March 3.

“But I’ve been talking to the defensive coordinator and D-line coach for like the past week, and (Thursday) they pulled the trigger and offered.”

Eboigbe is a versatile edge-rusher that is also capable of playing on the interior defensive line.

“I feel my strengths are my size, my speed, my ability to play inside and out,” Eboigbe said. “In some situations, I can play inside as a defensive tackle, and I can play defensive end. I can stand up in a two-point stance and still rush the passer, and I can set the edge. I can contain if it’s a run play or if you need to contain the quarterback, I can do that.”

With offers having flooded in of late and more surely on the way, Eboigbe is simply taking everything in right now and said all the schools on his list are “pretty even” right now. He has not made a lot of visits yet, though he did visit Tennessee, Georgia and Georgia Tech recently after going to Michigan State last season.

Eboigbe plans to visit Auburn on Saturday and hopes to check out Clemson for the first time this spring.

“Hopefully if I can come anytime during the spring, I can see a practice and see the coaches and how they interact with the players,” Eboigbe said, “and see the players and hopefully see the facilities.”

Eboigbe doesn’t know a whole lot about Clemson yet, but he remembers being impressed by the Tigers’ dominant defensive performance against Auburn last September, when Clemson recorded 11 sacks in the victory.

“I didn’t watch a lot of games, but I did watch one game that really did stand out when they played Auburn early in the season,” Eboigbe said. “How the defensive line basically controlled the whole game, how they stopped Auburn’s offense completely… I just saw how disruptive their defensive line was, and that really did stand out to me.”

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