In-state standout Luke Deal discusses his new Clemson offer
Greenwood (S.C.) Emerald four-star tight end Luke Deal grew up a Clemson fan, living about an hour and a half away from the school.
On Monday, Deal received a scholarship offer from his dream school.
“It’s awesome,” Deal said of his new Clemson offer. “They’re one of the most winningest programs in the past couple years, and I’m really honored about it. It’s great. Such a prestigious program, and it’s a real honor, for sure.”
Clemson tight ends coach Danny Pearman conveyed the offer during a phone conversation.
“He said he likes my motor and the aggressiveness with which I play on offense,” Deal said of Pearman. “He said he showed (my film) to coach Swinney, and he loved it, which I’m honored. He said he likes my motor, he likes what I can do receiving and blocking, and how I’m pretty much a balanced tight end.”
Deal (6-5, 235) competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp last summer and has attended a handful of games in Death Valley as a recruit.
He is now set to visit Clemson again and take in the Tigers’ spring practice Friday.
“Since it’s so close, I’m actually going to go Friday,” Deal said. “I’m going to go after school, and I’m going to go up there for a little visit. I’m going to come back because I have Saturday plans somewhere else.”
Deal has seen his recruitment take off recently, with offers from Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Southern Cal and others having come in since late January.
NC State was the first to offer last November before Georgia entered the mix a month later.
Deal went to NC State, Georgia and Florida in January. He is scheduled to visit Auburn on Saturday and plans to take official visits in the spring.
“I have only one official planned, but I do plan to do all of my officials in the spring since I want to make an early decision,” Deal said. “My one official planned is on April 14. I’m going to Michigan. I plan to go check out Maryland on an unofficial, and I’m going to take an official to Notre Dame, but I’m still getting that worked out. But other than that, nothing really else that’s set in stone.”
Deal intends to commit before the start of his senior season. He will sign in December and enroll early at his school of choice.
While Clemson’s offer is certainly significant, Deal wants to do his due diligence with the process and make sure he finds the right fit for him.
“I’m interested in a ton of places, but I mean it’s Clemson,” Deal said. “They’re always going to be a contender for something, for sure. So yeah they’re up there, but so are my other schools. I need to visit every place and just find my home.”
In addition to tight end, Deal played some quarterback and defensive end for Emerald last season.
Deal is rated as the No. 3 prospect in South Carolina and No. 13 tight end nationally by 247Sports.