Quick Hits with Brandon Pilgrim

Brandon Pilgrim is one of several impressive offensive linemen ready to come in this fall and make their mark on Clemson football in coming years. Today, we examine Pilgrim strengths and weaknesses as well as hear some comments from his high school coach in this extensive report.

Brandon Pilgrim
Offensive Tackle
Parkview High School (Lilburn, GA)
NR: 76 Rating: ***

THE STATS: Brandon Pilgrim was a three-year letterman and two-year starter for one of the top high school football programs in the nation. He was also the 2002 Gwinnett County Touchdown Club Offensive Lineman of the Year, first team All-County and second team All-State in 2002. He was instrumental in leading his team to three state championships and a 45-0 record.

STRENGTH: Pilgrim has great size and will fill out a huge frame at the next level. He also moves well and is a solid run blocker. Coming from a high school football program that has won 3 consecutive state championships, Pilgrim's work ethic and desire to win are unmatched.

WEAKNESS: Playing on the offensive line as a true freshman will be difficult, but Pilgrim has the capability to do it. He improved in all areas of his game during his senior season but will still need to work on his quickness if he's going to live up to his full potential at the collegiate level.

WHY CLEMSON? "Clemson is where I want to go. My official visit there was great, I had a great time with Roman Fry, he's really down to earth, and he told me that if I work hard, I'll have the chance to crack the two-deep next year, and even possibly start. Coach West told me it doesn't matter how old you are or what class you are in, if you can perform, you are going on the field, it's as simple as that. I'm very excited about getting up to Clemson and it looks like I'll be playing as a tackle next season, which is my preferred position."

HS COACH QUOTE: "He's been a leader both on and off the field for us the last four seasons," said Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe. "He always does anything we've asked of him and he really takes pride in understanding all parts of the game. Our winning streak has come from hard work and preparation and our kids give a lot and our coaches give a lot. They understand the complexity and the sacrifice it takes to get to the top, and Brandon has certainly been a part of that over the course of his career here."

COACH BOWDEN: "We are finally starting to get some quality depth on the offensive line and Brandon Pilgrim will be a part of that depth for the next few years. We'll give him a look at tackle once he gets here and see if he'll be able to compete as a true freshman."

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