Clemson legacy takes in practice

The son of a Clemson graduate, Norcross - GAC linebacker Tyler Cooksey was happy to be back in Clemson earlier this month to watch the Tigers practice.

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Cooksey, a three-star middle linebacker from Greater Atlanta Christian, stopped by Clemson for their final practice before spring break. It was his first trip to Clemson since he went to a Jack Leggett baseball camp as a middle schooler.

Now, he's the No. 16 ranked middle linebacker in the country, according to Scout.com.

"I got to watch them in full pads, it was pretty awesome. I had a great time. It was my first practice I've been to anywhere, so it was pretty neat getting to see that," Cooksey said.

He made a couple of other quick stops around the Clemson football operation.

"I didn't get to see the locker room, but I got to see everything else. I think the locker room was the only thing I didn't get to see," Cooksey said. "They had people take me around. I got to see the stadium. I got to take a picture by The Rock and everything, so it was pretty cool getting to be up there.

"I've grown up a Clemson fan, so it was pretty cool to be out there and do all that with them. It was a lot of fun."

Most of his interaction with Dabo Swinney and Brent Venables was before and after practice.

"I enjoyed getting to see them in their own element and see how they coached and see how they did everything, so I really enjoyed that," said.

Cooksey added, "I have a lot of respect for [Swinney] and all the other coaches, coach Venables …that was a lot of fun, they really treated me well." Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Iowa, N.C. State, UNC, Northwestern, Syracuse, Tennessee and UCF have offered.

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