Over the weekend, Clemson hosted close to 20 priority targets on official visits, with one of those being 4-star OL Fletcher Westphal.
The 6-foot-7, 305-pound prospect, out of Tuscarora (Leesville, Va), came away more than impressed.
“The impression I’ve gotten on each visit to Clemson is that it’s a family,” Westphal told All Clemson Tigers. “This weekend I saw that on a whole other level and I am blown away.”
This weekend in Clemson was Westphal’s first official visit. He still has officials to lined up with Georgia, Florida and Arkansas, but he was so impressed by what transpired in Clemson that he is now anxious to see how the rest of those trips measure up.
“It was my first OV and it’s going to be interesting to see how the other visits go,” Westphal said. “Because at Clemson everyone from all levels were involved in making the visit special.
When Westphal says everyone on all levels was involved, he literally means it. University President Jim Clements even spoke to the group, and that is something that really hit the mark with the blue-chip talent.
“Dr. Clements spoke to us and he’s the only college president I’ve gotten mail from. It shows how much he supports Coach Swinney, the football program and the athletes,” he said. “My parents and I got to spend a lot of time talking with Coach Swinney got to know him better.
Redshirt sophomore Tristan Leigh served as Westphal’s host. With both being from the state of Virginia, Leigh is a player that Westphal has followed closely. Leigh was the top player in the state in the 2021 class, while Westphal is currently considered one of the five best.
Seeing up and close and personal exactly how Leigh is being developed under offensive line coach Thomas Austin also made an impression. Not just how he has developed as a player, but how he has adjusted to college life as a student athlete.
“Tristan Leigh was my host,” Westphal said. “He’s from Northern Virginia and I’ve followed him since he was a high school player being recruited. It’s nice seeing how he’s grown development wise, how much bigger and stronger he’s gotten at Clemson under Coach Austin. Spending time with him and the other players helps me see college life as a football player.
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