Clemson offers elite freshman

One of the state's top freshmen was in Clemson last month for the Orange and White spring game. Before leaving, he had an offer. Running backs coach Tony Elliott delivered the news.

Whale Branch High School [Beaufort] freshman defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney had 91 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 10 sacks during his freshman year.

A few months after his first season of high school ball was over, Clemson offered him a scholarship.

"It was a good feeling. It was exciting. I had a great time at the game and everything. But that [offer] really made that trip up there worth it," Pinckney told CUTigers in a recent interview.

Several things stood out to the 6-foot-1, 245-pound freshman, who was on campus for the first time.

"How friendly the people are. My favorite part of the campus was the academic center. And how nice the coaches are and how nice they treat you and make you feel wanted," he said.

Pinckney spoke with Elliott and defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks.

"Coach Elliot came up to me and my parents and he said that he showed everybody the film and they liked it. ‘We would like to be your first offer,' he told me. That was a good feeling," Pinckney said.

It was a surprise.

"I didn't expect, because most people don't offer freshmen," he said.

The week before his visit to Clemson, South Carolina hosted Pinckney for a spring practice.

"It was good, but it wasn't as good as Clemson," he said.

That was his second trip to South Carolina. He camped there last summer.

Along with interest from the instate schools, Pinckney is hearing from Georgia and N.C. State.

"Right now, I'm waiting to see my choices. But, right now, I really like Clemson," he said.

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