Nipsey Hussle and Fried Green Tomatoes: Nation's No. 1 QB breaks down Clemson visit
|Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:04 PM- -|
The Uiagalelei family thoroughly enjoyed their five-day jaunt to Clemson, taking in part of a practice, checking out the area, and watching Saturday’s spring game.
The fried green tomatoes made it just a little better.
Five-star quarterback DJ Uiagalelei of Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco made the trip to Clemson with his family for this week’s spring game activities, arriving late Wednesday afternoon and leaving Sunday for the trip back to California.
The trip will be memorable for Uiagalelei.
“Everything went great. I don’t think it could have gone any better,” Uiagalelei told TigerNet. “I’ve been to Clemson and I know how I feel, but I wanted my family to come out and see everything and see what they thought about it. Everybody had a good time.”
Uiagalelei told TigerNet before the visit that his mother wanted to try fried green tomatoes, and when they arrived the staff made sure the chefs at the Tigers’ football operations center had some on hand. The fried green tomatoes were just part of a foodie kind of weekend, however.
“The people there at the football facility made her fried green tomatoes and she said she loved them,” he said. “She said she also had some fried okra that she really liked. For me, they have all different flavors of Gatorade slushies that you can try. I loved those. And then I had a steak quesadilla that was on fire. I bet I gained weight, but I want to come back and try some more stuff.”
Uiagalelei said one of the highlights of the trip was a trip inside Memorial Stadium with the coaches.
“We went over to the stadium one night with Coach (Dabo) Swinney and Coach (Brandon Streeter) and some others,” he said. “They had the lights going, and then they started playing Ocean Views and Grindin All My Life by Nipsey Hussle. I grew up listening to him. The whole stadium was rocking. That was definitely a highlight for me.”
The Uigalelei family traveled through many of the tailgating lots before Saturday’s game, and then DJ spent time taking pictures and signing autographs for Clemson fans who already know about the California prospect.
“That was kind of unreal to me, that people would come up to me and ask for an autograph or a picture,” he said. “It really happened wherever we went. It’s kind of crazy that people know who I am.”
Another highlight? Spending time with Clemson’s stable of offensive line commits and other top prospects.
“I was spending time with RJ Mickens, and then he committed,” Uiagalelei said. “I got to talk to Bryan Bresee and a lot of other guys. We know each other through things like Snapchat and things like that, so it was good to spend time with them and talk to them. But we had a photo shoot with all of the committed offensive linemen, except for Paul (Tchio), who wasn’t there. I took a picture in the middle of those guys.”
Uiagalelei reiterated that he still wants to take his trip to Oregon later this month while also stating that Clemson did everything right on the visit.
“There isn’t anything Clemson could have done different,” he said. “They did everything right. But I knew coming out here that this visit was just to let my whole family see Clemson, check out the campus, and get a feel for what it would be like if I was here. We did that. My family loved it."