OT Blake Bars Profile
Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) junior offensive tackle Blake Bars had no contact with Clemson until Caldwell took over as offensive line coach earlier this year.
"I actually knew coach Caldwell before when he coached at Vanderbilt. I went to one of their camps. At the time, he was their o-line coach. He worked with me," Bars told CUTigers.com earlier this week.
"I think he's a great guy. He definitely tells you how it is. He has that mentality that you have to do this. I'm not really sure how to describe it, but he's a great guy."
Though he hasn't received an offer from the Tigers, Bars said Dabo Swinney would offer if he visited Clemson.
Could a visit be on the horizon?
"I think I might. We're still trying to map out a schedule," he said. "We have spring practice coming up in about a month. We're without a coach right now, so we're trying to factor in spring practice and taking some [visits]. We might hit some schools like Clemson and South Carolina, over in that general area."
The Scout.com No. 37 ranked offensive tackle in the class of 2012 is still learning about Clemson.
"I'm trying to figure it out now. We have kind of considered Clemson ever since they started looking at me. We really didn't know much about it," Bars said. "That's what I'm working at right now, trying to look at more schools and see what they're all about."
Which schools are expressing the most interest?
"Right now, probably Florida and Boston College…for some reason, I've been getting a lot from Alabama lately," he said. "I would say Florida and Boston College are recruiting me the hardest. Then, Penn State and some other schools."
Bars doesn't claim any favorites.
"I don't have any favorites right now. I'm really trying to talk it over with my family right now," he said. "I still have to take some visits to some schools before I can make a decision, because I don't want to make it predetermined."
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman plans to make a commitment before the start of his senior season.
Ole Miss, Kentucky, Alabama, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt also visited last week. Florida, Auburn and Penn State will be by this week.