Afternoon Insider: Great linemen at your fingertips, campers travel from California


by David Hood

Senior Writer

Clemson hosted a number of prospects on Saturday.

CLEMSON – The Saturday afternoon session was a bit more what we used to see at
Dabo Swinneyhigh school camp.

As the temperatures soared, the number of campers began to increase, and two of the first to arrive rode in on a golf cart with recruiting assistant Zach Fulmer. Four-star linebacker Qua Birdsong and four-star safety Noah Dixon, both of LaGrange County (GA) Troup, were at the scene. Birdsong is a 2024 prospect with offers from Ole Miss, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame.

Birdsong is slim – weighing 180 pounds – but has plenty of room to add weight to its frame. Dixon received an offer from Clemson on June 1.

*At defensive tackle point, Champion Thompson worked under the watchful eye of the defensive tackles coach Nick Reason. Thompson, a 2024 4-star from Norcross (GA) Meadowcreek, walked away with an offer from Clemson. Its list of offers also includes schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

* Another defensive line prospect close at hand was 2024’s Malik Blocton. He didn’t walk. Auburn and Arkansas are his biggest offers.

* At wide receiver, I came away impressed with a 2025 prospect with a ton of potential. Myrtle Beach’s John Simmons (6-4, 175) practiced with the wide receivers coach Tyler Grisham. He has a long stride and a nice line out. He also plays basketball and is still raw in some places, but bringing him to campus and letting him work with Grisham is important.

*We were looking for a 2024 4 star attacking tackle Kam Pringle of Dorchester (SC) Woodland. Pringle, which received an offer from Clemson 10 days ago, did not work out. He spent time with the coaches, including head coach Dabo Swinney, before leaving halfway through the session. (I walked out when the 1v1 started and he walked out with me). He was on call with his uncle. More on his visit later.

*Interesting coaching nugget – corner coach Mike Roseau watched a corner go through an exercise in which the coaster was used and told the prospect to jump rope on one leg. He told him that he had to use three steps to change direction when coming out of the coaster when he should use two. He said losing a step at this level can be expensive. He then told him to get rid of the rigor mortis in his hands – he was clenching his hands like Fred Sanford and his arthritis – and told him to relax.

*I’ll have more later, but I wanted to drop another note. There was a family there who made the trip from Sacramento, Calif., with two 2023 prospects (a defensive back and a running back). They’ve been to camps at UCLA and Southern Cal, but he wanted to bring them east and thought Clemson was the perfect camp to show them off. It’s amazing how far people travel for these camps.

*I’ll have more later, and we come back to it in the morning at 9am.

To print

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