DE Alec James Profile
Clemson, along with Illinois, Michigan State, Iowa State, Minnesota, Notre Dame and Wisconsin have offered the 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect from East High School in Brookfield.
Before the offer, Clemson defensive coordinator Venables had been in touch with James.
"It wasn't too much of a surprise, because one of my coaches has some connections at Oklahoma and [Venables] knew my coach somehow. There's a connection there. He sent them my film and I guess they liked it," James told CUTigers recently.
Venables has told James how he could "fit into the defense" and about "the tradition and just the whole Clemson experience."
The No. 53 defensive end in the country is still learning about the Tigers.
"I don't know too much about them. I know that they play very fast and they went undefeated for a lot of the beginning of the year this year," he said.
A trip to Clemson could be in the works.
"It'd be cool to see it. I'm keeping an open mind towards it. I'm interested and interested to see what it's about," James said.
There are no favorites right now.
"It's a long process. I've been doing a lot of thinking lately," he said.
Notre Dame, Michigan State and Wisconsin hosted James for visits this spring. He'll iron out plans for the summer once track season is over.
"I'll probably go to Wisconsin, just because it's easy to get to. I'll plan more visits after that," James said.
As a junior, he had 86 tackles and 13 sacks.
Wisconsin DE talks Clemson offer
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