Elite DT talks Tigers

One of the top defensive tackles in the country admits he and his brother will be a packaged deal come signing day.

DT Breyon Gaddy Profile

In 2014 Vic Beasley, Stephone Anthony and Grady Jarrett anchored the nation's most dominant defense. Each one of those players was drafted in the spring to play in the NFL.

Clemson's 2015 freshmen are making noise in preseason practice. Defensively, names like Christian Wilkins, Mark Fields, Albert Huggins, Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell are becoming commonplace among Tiger fans and for good reason.

The 2016 class is shaping up well on the defensive side of the ball as well with the likes of Tre Lamar, Xavier Kelly and James Skalski having already committed to Dabo Swinney and company.

The Tigers are also laying the groundwork for what could be a battle for 2017 Norfolk, Virginia 4-star defensive tackle Breyon Gaddy (Booker T Washington High School). Gaddy is being recruited heavily by some of the country's most prestigious programs. He took some time to speak with CUTigers about his recruitment and where Clemson stands.

"I haven't been to Clemson, but that is one of the schools I want to visit," explained Gaddy. "I like Coach (Brent) Venables. He's funny, and he is a great coach."

Gaddy holds offers from Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, NC State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others. The rising junior said he hears from "Florida State and Tennessee the most" as best he can tell.

The star defensive tackle said he doesn't yet have a specific guideline for when he will make a commitment but knows it's not in the immediate future.

"I don't know yet, but sometime in my senior year," he said. "The school has to show me that they're the right school for me. Academics and location are the most important to me. Because if I don't make to that next level, then I will have something to fall back on."

There's also another level to the Breyon Gaddy story. His twin brother, Brandon, plays quarterback for Booker T Washington and is also exploring his collegiate options for the 2017 class.

"We talk about playing together in college all the time." Gaddy continued saying, "We are a package deal. If you get me, you've got to take him too." Brandon Gaddy hasn't yet been rated by Scout.com. He is 6-4, 240 pounds and has offers from Clemson, Nebraska, Old Dominion and Virginia.

Gaddy concluded by saying that what makes him a good defensive tackle is that he is "fast off the ball and physical."

Gaddy has been rated as the No. 106 prospect nationally for 2017. He's also labeled as the No. 7 defensive tackle in the country, while being ranked as the No. 2 DT in Virginia. Gaddy is 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds.

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