The latest on 4-star RB Jerrion Ealy: Swinney and Elliott stop by
|Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 11:38 AM- -|
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott will make a stop in Mississippi Tuesday to see 4-star running back Jerrion Ealy, continuing a whirlwind few weeks for the two-sport star.
Ealy, the 2019 playmaker out of Jackson (MS) Jackson Prep took an official visit to Ole Miss last weekend and will visit Alabama this weekend. He's also been to Clemson and Mississippi State. Swinney and Elliott will conduct their final in-person visit with him before he announces his decision on Signing Day.
"I don't necessarily want to hear one particular thing," Ealy said. "I already know what they are about. I already know how they do things."
Ealy said the entire Mississippi State staff was in to see him on Monday and Ole Miss coaches will be in on Wednesday. Alabama's Nick Saban met with him last week.
Ealy once was an Ole Miss commitment and his return visit to Oxford ,last weekend brought back some old memories.
"It went well, it went well," Ealy said. "They just sold me most on it's a family, a family environment. They do everything like a family. It's just a family environment. They said just do what's best for you, whatever you do, what's best for you."
Ealy said there is no leader among the four but after this weekend's visit he'll begin to narrow the list for his Wednesday announcement.
"Somebody will get knocked out this weekend and then I'll go from there," he said.
The Tigers are looking to take one more running back this cycle, and Ealy already knows where he fits on the Clemson depth chart.
"Nothing is really set in stone until you go through practice and they evaluate you then, but as of right now, I'll be considered the fifth man on the depth chart, well fourth or fifth. They just want you to come in and work hard. I feel like I'll provide them with a little bit more game out of catching the ball out of the backfield than usual until I establish myself in the run game tremendously. I'd kind of have a role like like that early on, be an adequate amount playing time my first few years."
Ealy also is a highly rated baseball prospect who is expected to be an early pick in the draft this summer, so whoever signs him next week for football will have to sweat out a big-money baseball offer as well. He met with Clemson baseball coach Monte Lee on his Clemson visit.
"My meeting with coach Lee was awesome," he said. "He pretty much told me I had a spot on the baseball team. I have a good chance of coming in and being the leadoff guy if I choose to go that route."
Ealy led his team in receiving yards last season with 398 along with three touchdowns. He rushed for 1526 yards and 24 touchdowns.