CLEMSON RECRUITING

Surprise visitor steals the show at Swinney's Friday camp
Brayden Jacobs has size, but he's quick.

Surprise visitor steals the show at Swinney's Friday camp


by - Senior Writer -

CLEMSON – The heat, more campers, and one of Clemson’s top commits all arrived for the start of head coach Dabo Swinney’s high school camp Friday.

We have to get back out there for the evening session, so this will be abbreviated a little more than normal.

The weekend camp covers three days – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – and while some campers will be on hand for all seven of the sessions, there will be others that are in for just one or a few.

I walked over to the offensive line, and a player on the far side of the field caught my eye simply because he was the biggest guy there. I texted our group and said, hey, there is a guy here that from a distance looks eerily like Brayden Jacobs.

It turns out it was Brayden Jacobs, the 4-star Clemson offensive line commit out of Buford (GA). This is the first opportunity that Jacobs has had to be coached by offensive line coach Matt Luke, and while Luke makes sure he is at all of the stations and pays attention to every player there, he did take time to help Jacobs with his kick step and stance.

I was reminded just how big Jacobs is when another parent sitting there looked up at Jacobs and said, “How tall are you?” He is 6-7, 335, with big thick legs. And he can move. During drills it’s obvious he has great feet. He carries his weight well and has good lateral movement. His initial punch has the potential to be devastating. He has no problems changing directions.

He also took in every word Luke was saying, answering with yes sir and no sir.

One of his teammates at Buford – 2026 tackle Graham Houston – was also on hand. He has offers from Florida St., Missouri and Oregon.

I went over to see two wide receivers and wound up watching three.

The first was 6-4, 4-star 2026 receiver Jayden Petit out of Naples (FL) First Baptist Academy, the same school as Clemson tight end Olsen Patt-Henry. He has length and looks heavier than his listed 180, with long levers and big hands. He has a good stride, and Louisville, Auburn, and Tennessee have offered him.

The second one I went to watch was Duncanville (TX) 2026 3-star Ayson Theus, who has offers from Auburn (I think every high school player in the country has an Auburn offer), Arizona St., and Nebraska, among others.

However, I was intrigued by an in-state prospect named Sequel Patterson, a 2027 athlete out of Indian Land (SC). He’s twitchy, and his coaches told me he plays quarterback for them, but Clemson asked him to jump in as a wide receiver. They also said he’s the only athlete in the state to be named All-State in both football and basketball. He’s already picked up offers from Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Kentucky.

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