Tigers take the lead for 2019 WR Joseph Ngata
The longest-distance traveler for Clemson’s junior day this past weekend was also one of the headlining visitors on campus.
Folsom (Calif.) four-star wide receiver Joseph Ngata made the trip to Clemson with his father, and the Tigers didn’t fail to impress.
“I loved it,” Ngata said of the visit in an interview with TCI. “It was honestly super nice.”
It was an eventful couple of days for Ngata, who arrived to Clemson early Saturday and stayed through most of Sunday. In addition to touring the campus and facilities, Ngata was able to watch one of Clemson’s spring practices, meet many of the players and spend plenty of time with members of the coaching staff.
His interaction with Clemson’s coaches stood out the most.
“Just hanging out with the coaches,” he said. “They were super genuine.
“I feel like they care about their players more. They care about their players like they’re not players; they’re trying to make men instead of good football players. At the same time, they’re making great football players at a high level. So, it’s just something you can’t beat.”
Clemson co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jeff Scott extended an offer to Ngata in January and had been in frequent contact leading up to the junior day weekend.
Ngata spent most of his time with Scott during the visit. The two had dinner together, and Ngata was one of a few prospects who took in Clemson’s baseball game against South Carolina on Sunday with Scott.
Overall, their conversation didn’t pertain to football as much as it did life.
“I pretty much just heard that there’s more to life than football,” Ngata said, “like being a good father and being a great role model to others.”
Ngata also spoke with Dabo Swinney on a couple of occasions before Clemson’s head coach had to depart for a Nike clinic in Oregon.
Swinney let Ngata know how much he appreciated his effort to come across the country for the visit.
“We just talked about football and the commitment it takes to come out all the way from California,” Ngata said.
Approximately 20 schools have offered Ngata in all, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Southern Cal and Washington.
Notre Dame, Oregon and Washington have gotten him on campus this year as well. Alabama and Southern Cal are a couple of the schools he wants to visit moving forward.
Ngata is planning to commit before the start of his senior season.
Clemson is in strong shape with the star wideout following his time in Tiger Town.
“It’s number one,” Ngata said of where Clemson stands in his recruitment.
What does he like about Clemson more than anything?
“I would have to say the hospitality,” he said. “It’s not just the hospitality of the coaches, it’s the hospitality of the people and the community.”
Ngata is unanimously ranked by the major recruiting services as a top-200 prospect in the 2019 class regardless of position.
As a junior in 2017, Ngata tallied 81 receptions for 1,777 yards and 26 touchdowns.