Elite OL visits Tigertown

An elite offensive lineman from North Carolina made his first trip to Clemson over the weekend and spoke one-on-one with three coaches on the Tigers' staff.

OG D.J. Reader Profile

There was some interest in Clemson even before Grimsley High School (Greensboro) junior guard D.J. Reader picked up his offer from the Tigers late last month.

"I just liked them and wanted to go down to Clemson. I had a little bit of interest at that school," he recently told CUTigers. "I was hoping that would be one of the schools that would offer me."

Not only did Reader see Tigertown for the first-time, but he was also on-hand for the 27-13 win over Georgia Tech.

"It was a pretty good game," he said. "I liked the campus. It was a nice visit. I kind of liked being there. It was really fun.

"I had never visited Clemson before, so it was good to get down there for my first time."

Reader spoke to head coach Dabo Swinney, offensive guards and centers coach Brad Scott and recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Jeff Scott.

"What really was big to me, they encourage you to go to other schools to see what other schools are like, and not just locking in on Clemson," Reader said.

So far this season, he's also visited North Carolina State, North Carolina and Duke. Return trips to North Carolina and North Carolina State are planned, as are visits to Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Reader currently does not claim a list of favorites.

"I'm not sure the exact number. There are a bunch of schools that I am looking at, but I'm not sure right now," he said.

Several criteria will be looked at as Reader goes through the recruiting process.

"I want to go to a school that has a home base and is just family oriented. A school that, if I didn't play sports, I'd like to go to that school and just sit out there and be at the school. That's real big on me," he said. "Somewhere that my family likes."

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