Rochell impressed by Venables

One of the premier defensive ends in the class of 2013 was in Clemson late last month for the Tigers' Junior Day ... and he came away very impressed.

DE Isaac Rochell Profile

The Eagles Landing Christian Academy [McDonough, Ga.] junior spoke with CUTigers after the trip up to Clemson with teammate Andrew Williams.

"It was really good. I really enjoyed it," Rochell said. "Just to be able to be on campus and really get a better feel for the atmosphere, to get to know more about the academic and athletic aspects of the program. It was real good."

Rochell spent plenty of time with defensive ends coach Marion Hobby, who serves as his primary recruiter for the Tigers.

"I asked him some football-related questions, but a lot of it was just building a relationship, more of a comfortable relationship," Rochell said.

Clemson's new defensive coordinator, Brent Venables, also spent time getting to know the four-star prospect.

"He has a lot of energy. He's really excited about being at Clemson," Rochell said.

Clemson, Rochell said, is recruiting him the hardest.

"Clemson is definitely one of my top schools, if not the top," he said.

Along with Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are among his offers.

A decision could be reached before the start of his senior season.

Rochell graded out 92 percent as an offensive tackle with 42 pancake blocks as a junior. He had 97 tackles and 7 sacks on the defensive side of the ball. Top Stories