Tigers evaluating Alabama defender

This defensive end from Alabama accepted an invitation from Charlie Harbison and Marion Hobby to attend the Dabo Swinney Football Camp last week.

DE John Youngblood Profile

Hewitt-Trussville High School [Trussville] rising senior John Youngblood camped in Clemson for two days of the second session.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end/outside linebacker arrived to Tigertown with offers from UAB, Memphis and Arkansas State.

"I've been talking to Coach Harbison. He came by my school in May. He'd talked me and said I looked real good. Coach Hobby came by the school. I talked to him," Youngblood told CUTigers.com. "They seemed real interested and they wanted me to come to their camp.

"Clemson is obviously a real good school and they have a real good program. I was definitely interested in them if they were interested in me. I needed to come to the camp so I could show them what I had to offer and why they need me."


Hewitt-Trussville High School [Trussville] rising senior John Youngblood camped in Clemson for two days of the second session. (Roy Philpott)
Swinney explained to Youngblood what kind of role he's being evaluated to play.

"He thought I might be like a hybrid player," Youngblood said. "I could put my hand on the ground and drop back into some coverage like a linebacker. He said I have the size to look like a defensive end and still play like a linebacker—kind of like a bandit-type player."

This summer, he's camped at Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Memphis, Arkansas State and Southern Miss. Tennessee is on the docket as a possible one-day camp stop.

Clemson continues to evaluate Youngblood as a potential candidate for an offer.

"I think they are considering me for an offer. I talked to coach Hobby. He said that they'll evaluate me. I'll stay in touch with them," he said.

Youngblood recorded 125 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception during his junior season.

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