Fort Myers (Fla.) South athlete Jayron Kearse is competing in Sunday's Offense-Defense Bowl, held in Houston, Texas.
"It's been pretty good, meeting other players from all around the country. It's been a good experience other than the cold weather," he laughed. "It's different. I'm from Florida; when I left, it was about 65 degrees, and then you get here and it's very different. We're playing in the Dome though, so we don't have to adjust too much."
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Kearse, a Clemson commit, has also enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time with a few of his future Tiger teammates, Wayne Gallman and Mike Williams.
"It's good, building relationships that we're going to have throughout our Clemson career. Wayne Gallman is my roommate and we get to talk about guys we're hoping to get on board. We want to build something special at Clemson," he said.
Since announcing his commitment in August, Kearse has wasted no time recruiting other players for the Tigers' program.
"I don't think there are any guys looking at Clemson here this week, but if we find out there is, we're definitely going to put the pressure on them to get them to come to Clemson," he laughed.
There are still a number of top prospects that Kearse is hoping to sway.
"Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson, and we're trying to get Mackensie Alexander to go ahead and seal the deal and come to Clemson. We're working on a couple of guys. We have our official visit on January 11th with a lot of those guys, so that's going to be a time we can put on the pressure to get on board before Signing Day," he said.
That weekend will be crucial for Clemson recruiting and Kearse is prepared to help out.
"Me, Mike Williams, Wayne Gallman, Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson, Adrian Baker will all be there. A couple of more guys. I know it's going to be a big day," he said.
Though he had once been committed to other programs, Kearse is solid in his commitment with the Tigers.
"I was committed to Auburn and then to Miami but after I visited Clemson, I just knew that was where I wanted to be and play my college career. With all of the other schools I went to, they were nice programs, but the family feel with the Clemson players was the main reason why. I'm also starting to build a relationship with the new defensive coach, Mike Reid
Kearse thinks he'll end up in Clemson's secondary, though he's open to playing either corner or safety.
"I'll play whatever they need me to play. I think my biggest strength is my physicality. Because I'm so long, it's hard for a quarterback to make a bad throw without me making a play on the ball, so I think that and me being physical helps me a lot. I just want to work on my speed and as I get to college, they can put the weight on me. I want to make sure I maintain my speed," he said.
With his high school career coming to a close, Kearse is looking forward to playing ball at the next level.
"I'll head to campus in June. I'm ready to get up there," he said.
O-D Bowl: Jayron Kearse
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