Clemson offers instate ATH

Clemson was the first school to offer this junior athlete from Columbia. And, for now, it's his only offer.

S Denzel Johnson Profile

Earlier this month, Clemson offered A.C. Flora High School athlete Denzel Johnson. The Tigers like him as a safety.

"My linebacker coach, he had text my phone saying that he had gotten off the phone with Clemson and they offered me," Johnson recently told CUTigers. "When I came to school, during lunch, Clemson was on the phone but my coach couldn't find me."

Word of the offer was passed his way at the Wake Forest game after conversations with Brent Venables and Mike Reed.

"[Venables] was talking to me about what position I wanted to play. I was telling him receiver at first. Coach Reed, he had asked me the same thing. Then, I told him safety," Johnson said. "That's what they really want me at. That's when coach Reed was like -- coach Venables walked off, but coach Reed said, ‘I want to put it all on the table now. What position do you want to play?' I said safety.

"That's when he said, ‘Good, I'm looking forward to having you on the Clemson defense.'"

A few things stand out about Clemson.

"The fans, the way they're organized and their campus," Johnson said

He's been to campus a few times, once for camp, again for the Georgia game and, of course, for the Wake Forest game.

"There are so many fans up there. They're supporting the football team so much. It was crazy. It was good," Johnson said.

Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Cincinnati and South Carolina have also been in touch.

Who leads?

"Right now, it's just Clemson."

So far this season, Johnson has 20 catches with 518 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

As a sophomore, Johnson had seven catches for 152 yards.

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