Clemson recruiting: Bookie dishes on official visit to Clemson
There’s something in these hills, and Sam Butler and the DieHards team have you covered on the Clemson recruiting trail as the defending national champions reload. Check here every Monday-Friday to stay on top of the latest news and find every previous edition of the daily recruiting notebooks here.
Bookie talks official visit to Clemson
Clemson had 17 official visitors for the Citadel game last Saturday, 4-star corner Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles among them.
It was his second visit to Clemson, but his first as an uncommitted prospect after he de-committed from Nebraska on Oct. 31. Clemson doesn’t allow recruits who are committed elsewhere to take official visits, anyway, so if he hadn’t de-committed in the first place this visit wouldn’t have happened.
That’s a long-winded way of saying Clemson rolled out the red carpet for Radley-Hiles.
He and the official visitors had a weekend packed to the brim with visits, meetings and tours, including a trip to Dabo Swinney’s house — or “castle,” as Radley-Hiles called it in his weekly first-person diary.
Clemson University 😍 pic.twitter.com/3vtVThfdFC
— .44 (@Bookie_44) November 20, 2017
Having a ton of guys he could end up playing with, should he come to Clemson, was an enlightening experience for Bookie. It rang of brotherhood, which stood out to him.
“The time together on Sunday was also neat because it brought so many people together,” he wrote. “And we were all there because of Clemson football. It was a great scenery more so than anything else, because their whole program is built around relationships and brotherhood. That’s what Clemson stands for. That was easily the highlight of the trip for me.”
He added that a final meeting with Swinney was important, because it showed him how much Swinney cared about him as a person — not that he’s the only one, because Bookie mentions Lincoln Riley and Nick Saban as other coaches who do the same.
An official visit to UCLA, which just let coach Jim Mora go, is next on Radley-Hiles’ docket.
Clemson still in top group for 4-star receiver Ramel Keyton
One of the Clemson visitors not on an official visit was Ramel Keyton, who made his third trip to Clemson this year.
This one was different, though, because he finally got to see Swinney address the team after the win, something he wasn’t able to do in either of his two previous visits. And as with Radley-Hiles, being there with so many other recruits — guys he could end up playing with down the road — stood out, too.
The 4-star receiver in the Class of 2019 has had Clemson in his top group at every stage throughout his junior year. He told DieHards earlier this season that Ohio State, Georgia and Florida State were also in there, but those three have been replaced.
His top group now?
“It’s Clemson and Auburn,” he said.
Auburn wasn’t even on the radar earlier, but the way the Tigers have developed their passing game throughout the course of the season has impressed Keyton. He talks with Auburn receivers coach Kodi Burns regularly, but Clemson is still there.
Keyton’s plan is still to whittle down an official group of finalists after the season — which is still going, thanks to Marietta’s run to the quarterfinals of the Georgia AAAAAAA State Playoffs.
Miss a previous edition? Find every Clemson DieHards daily recruiting notebook right here.