Last month, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney returned to his alma mater, Pelham (Ala.) High School, on a recruiting visit.
Swinney, accompanied by Clemson assistant Todd Bates, stopped by Pelham during the NCAA contact period in late January. The coaches were there to check in on several prospects, including 2019 defensive end Brock Higdon.
“About a month ago, coach Bates and coach Swinney came by (my) coach’s office,” Higdon told The Clemson Insider. “They asked about me and asked for me to come up to a junior day.”
Higdon (6-6, 225) is now scheduled to attend Clemson’s junior day on March 3.
“I’m really excited to come up to Clemson and meet the coaching staff,” Higdon said. “Especially coach Swinney since we both share the hometown of Pelham.”
Higdon made several unofficial visits last season to Louisville, Mississippi State, UAB, Vanderbilt and Auburn. He returned to UAB for its junior day in January before receiving his first scholarship offer from the Blazers last week.
How does Higdon describe himself as a defensive end?
“Definitely more of a speed rush and explosive kind of guy,” he said.
Along with UAB, Higdon said he has been hearing from Mississippi State, Troy and Western Kentucky. He has upcoming planned visits to Mississippi State and Western Kentucky as well.
Higdon has heard a lot of good things about Clemson heading into the visit next month and said an offer from the Tigers in the future would be hard to turn down.
“I love how coach Swinney is very family oriented,” he said. “And if he does decide to offer me, it would be hard to say no. So we will see what happens.”
As a junior last season, Higdon recorded 67 tackles, eight tackles for loss, seven sacks, 15 quarterback pressures, five passes defended and one fumble recovery.