Elite OL breaks down Clemson visit and "crazy" new facility


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Salyer runs through a drill at Dabo Swinney's high school camp
Salyer runs through a drill at Dabo Swinney's high school camp

If Clemson is going to beat out four other heavyweights for the services of 4-star offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer, the Tigers have to make every visit Salyer makes to the campus a memorable one.

Salyer’s visit to Clemson for Elite Junior Day late last month – and a tour of the new football complex – was a memorable one for the No. 22 player in the ESPN300.

Salyer told TigerNet that he enjoyed his time on campus and meeting some of the other 2018 prospects.

“The new facility was crazy. I have had my fair share of trips, but I haven’t seen too many facilities like that,” Salyer said. “I think they are doing something big with that. I also got to hang out with Taron Vincent, Mike Jones, Jr., Trevor Lawrence and a couple of the IMG boys and Clemson commits.”

Salyer released a top five of Georgia, Clemson, Michigan, Florida, and Ohio St. but said Georgia is recruiting him the hardest.

“For schools, Georgia I would say is recruiting me the hardest, but it is easy for them because they’re right down the road,” he said. “Coach (Sam) Pittman from Georgia, Coach (Tony) Elliott and (Robbie) Caldwell from Clemson, Coach Stud (Greg Studrawa) from Ohio State and Coach (Jeff) Grimes from LSU are all recruiting me pretty hard.”

Clemson’s message to Salyer was simple.

“They were really putting an emphasis on the people at Clemson that I would interact with,” he said. “They are what makes Clemson special, not really one specific thing, just the people. I like how they really put an emphasis on being about the players. I am also really impressed with their graduation rate. I know that is a big stickler for Coach Swinney and I definitely want to graduate. That is my main goal and getting my master’s in business.”

What was his favorite part of the new facility?

“My favorite part was Jeff Davis’s Paw Journey,” Salyer said. “It really made me see that Clemson is more about the players than the coaches and their own personal thing.”

Salyer isn’t in a rush to make a decision, and he knows Clemson will stay in his top group.

“I think they will definitely end up in my top five schools and I hope to have that list at the end of spring or the beginning of fall,” he said. “I think it will be after my senior season. Hopefully, it will be before signing day. If I wait until signing day, it will get hectic, so it probably will be around signing day.”

For now, he’s just enjoying the recruiting process.

“I love it. It is fun for me getting all of the attention and being ‘wanted’ as a girl would say,” Salyer said. “You only get to get recruited one time so you might as well make the best of it. I definitely won’t let it stress me out. I would hate to see it end, but you have to pick one school. It is fun. It definitely means a lot to my community and my school community. It definitely helps people know who you are. This is something I have dreamed about and I am so blessed.”

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