Clemson held its annual Elite Junior Day on Saturday, with more than 20 uncommitted priority targets on hand.
One of more highly-rated players to attend was 2024 LB Sammy Brown (Jefferson, Ga). The 6-foot-3, 225 pound prospect has long been on the Tigers’ radar, picking up his offer in March of last year, more than two months earlier than when Clemson typically offers high school juniors.
He has made numerous visits to campus, including for multiple game days last season, and this most recent visit only reenforced what the talented linebacker already knew about the program.
“I think that this visit to Clemson really just reenforced what I already knew about the whole thing,” Brown told All Clemson. “The family feel, the culture, the genuine feel. All things that I really like that were reenforced by this visit.”
Brown is considered one of the ten best players in the class, tops at his position and one of the top two recruits in the state of Georgia. He is approaching the 30 offer mark, with Georgia and Tennessee also heavily in pursuit of the talented linebacker.
However, when Brown compares Clemson to some of those other schools, there is one thing that sets the Tigers apart.
“Culture is definitely the thing that puts Clemson above the others,” Brown said. “They have one of the best if not the best cultures in college football and they take pride in the way they do things. From the way they practice to just cleaning up after themselves. They make sure that their presence is felt in a positive way.”
Saturday’s visit also gave Brown a chance to meet Clemson’s new offensive coordinator, Garrett Riley. While he might play on the opposite side of the ball, Brown sees Riley as a perfect fit for the Tigers.
“I was actually able to talk to him a good bit throughout the day,” Brown said. “He went out of his way to introduce himself at the beginning of the day and introduced his whole family to me. I think that he fits perfectly into that Clemson staff and will definitely succeed at his role.”
As far as any timeline for a decision, Brown plans to take some official visits in the summer, with a commitment coming as soon as July. He’s looking for the school that not only fits him perfectly on the field, but also off the field, and a program that will prepare him for life after football.
“What best fits me,” Brown said when asked what he’s looking for in a school. “The culture, the environment, the campus. Everything about a place that would be best fit for me. I think the culture is definitely one of the biggest things, not only from the coaches but also from the players too. How the locker room works and how those players interact with each other. I just want a place that I will be able to thrive in, football or not.”
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