DT takes in Tigertown

Since Dabo Swinney took over as Clemson's head coach there have been three Tiger defensive tackles selected in the NFL Draft.

DT Josh Walker Profile

In 2009 Darell Scott was selected in the fourth round. In 2012 Brandon Thompson was taken in the third round. And in the 2015 NFL Draft it was Grady Jarrett who was chosen in the fifth round.

As the 2015 season approaches DJ Reader and Carlos Watkins will try to make their mark on the same position that has made several recent Tigers productive players at the next level. Other names like Christian Wilkins and Scott Pagano are sure to be heard from Clemson fans for the next few seasons.

But as Swinney and his staff look at the recruiting trail there's a prospect that has certainly caught their attention early.

2018 defensive tackle Josh Walker from Carrollton High School in Carrollton, Georgia did not have a lot going on over the 4th of July weekend and spent some time speaking with CUTigers about his first impressions of Clemson. Walker was in town about a month ago for a session of the Dabo Swinney Football Camp and came away very impressed.

"It was my first time at Clemson," said Walker. "It was just like home. I really enjoyed it. They have a great coaching staff. I saw how it was just like family everywhere I went.

"I talked to Clemson freshman defensive end Richard Yeargin about how to be more comfortable in my three-point stance. Coach (Brent) Venables gave me a tour around the field house. I really enjoyed him and Coach (Mike) Reed." Walker continued saying, "We talked about how I fit the system and just about my 2018 class and recruits."

Being a part of the 2018 class, Walker has yet to see a lot of offers, but they are no doubt going to be coming his way sometime or another.

"I earned my first scholarship offer two weeks ago from Hampton University. Vanderbilt, Tennessee and South Carolina are really on me hard, but Clemson is my number one pick over everybody," explained Walker. "I have visited Georgia and Georgia Tech, but at Clemson I feel like home."

As a part of the 2018 class, Walker has yet to be rated by Scout. He measures at an impressive 6-feet tall and 274 pounds and has been timed at 5.16 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

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