After working out at Dabo Swinney’s high school camp the past two summers, 4-star TE Ryan Ghea made his return to campus for Clemson’s 66-17 win over Charleston Southern.
Ghea (Milton, Alpharetta, Ga), who is considered one of the top players at his position in the 2025 class, has already accumulated more than 40 offers, with schools like Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State all having offered.
After showing off his physical abilities during his camp appearance over the summer, this trip back to Clemson centered on strengthening his relationship with both head coach Dabo Swinney and tight ends coach Kyle Richardson.
“Just kept building my relationship with Coach Richardson and Coach Dabo Swinney,” Ghea told All Clemson Tigers.
His relationship with Richardson is something that already stood out to Ghea, even before this most recent visit.
“It is great, we talk often,” he said. “Got the chance to meet his mom and wife while we were there. Last time I met his daughter. I really like how he is with me. Been to two camps and I really like his coaching style.”
Coming out of the visit, Ghea said the coaches’ message to him was clear.
“To keep the focus,” Ghea said. “And just trust the process.”
Richardson is planning to stop by Ghea’s high school next month to see him play. He also has upcoming visits set with Miami, Wisconsin, Penn State, Auburn and Stanford.
Ghea is well aware of how the coaching staff at Clemson approaches the recruiting process, and how selective the staff is when handing out offers.
So far in the 2025 class, the Tigers have offered just two tight ends. While Ghea has yet to pick up an offer, he is certainly on the radar, and if that offer were to come, it is one that would stand out to the talented blue-chip prospect.
“An offer from them would be a blessing,” Ghea said. “It’s been one of my top choices since I started playing football.”
Ghea has yet to firm up a timeline for when he might make a decision, although he is hoping to trim his list down to some favorites in the near future. For the time being, he is primarily focused on continuing to build relationships, an important aspect in his recruitment.
“I’m about to narrow it down,” Ghea said. “I need to do what I can to keep developing those relationships. Hoping soon. I have to talk with my family.”
When decision time comes, though, Ghea does know some of the characteristics he is looking for in a school.
“I am looking for a good education,” Ghea said. “A place that uses the tight end. And a place where I can develop into a young man.”
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