Top in-state OT reacts to changes

One of the two top 2012 offensive linemen in South Carolina was recruited to Clemson by former offensive coordinator Billy Napier.

OT Oliver Jones Profile

Napier, who oversaw Clemson's recruitment of Ninety-Six High School junior offensive tackle Oliver Jones, was fired after two seasons as the Tigers' offensive coordinator.

CUTigers reported that Jones was offered by Clemson back in May. A month later, he spent three days in Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp.

On Monday, Jones shared his reaction to the firings of Napier and running backs coach/special teams coordinator Andre Powell.

"I guess it's just what happens in college football," Jones said. "I hate to see them go. They were cool guys. I liked them a lot."

Clemson and South Carolina remain the only two offers to his name.

Last month, he claimed the in-state schools were even.

That's still the case a month later, despite the changes to the Tigers' coaching staff.

"That kind of stuff happens. I hate to see them go, but I know that's a part of the sport," Jones said.

"I had a great relationship with coach Napier, because he was my recruiter. [His relationship] meant a lot to me. He's a great guy."

Jones last visited Clemson for the South Carolina game.


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