Baylon Spector: Like Father, Like Son

CLEMSON, SC - Clemson is on a recruiting roll right now and recently picked up a verbal commitment from 3-star Safety Baylon Spector, from Calhoun, Georgia. The 6’2, 205-pound rising Junior is a Clemson legacy—his father, Robbie Spector, played WR for Clemson under Danny Ford in the late 80’s. CUTigers.com checked in on Baylon to get his thoughts on his commitment and the upcoming season.

Q: As a Clemson legacy, did you go to many games in Death Valley growing up?

Spector: “Yeah, my dad took me to a lot of games. He has also told me a lot about the games when he played, like Georgia.”

Q: Did you ever get a chance to meet Coach Danny Ford, for whom your father played?

Spector: “No, sir. The first time I ever saw Coach Ford was at an alumni thing, and he was wearing overalls. He looked like he just got off the farm.”

Q: Did you go to any games last season?

Spector: “Yes, I did. I went to the North Carolina game.”

Q: Who were some of your favorite Clemson defenders over the years?

Spector: “Definitely Vic. Also Shaq, Stephone Anthony, Mackensie Alexander and the big safety Jayron Kearse. Oh yeah, Ben Boulware is another one!”

Q: Aside from being a Clemson legacy, what are some of the primary reasons you decided Clemson is the school for you?

Spector: “The people, the atmosphere, the fans...being able to rub The Rock and rund down The Hill on Saturdays. Clemson is a special place.”

Q: Would you be willing to play linebacker at Clemson, or do you see yourself staying at safety?

Spector: “Outside linebacker is where I think I would fit in best, or nickel back. I think y’all call it the SAM linebacker.”

Q: What is the outlook for Calhoun this season? Will you play QB again?

Spector: “We’re going to be good. I think we’ll be just as good as last year or better. We lost two offensive linemen and two players on defense. Our offense will be fast-tempo again, and the defense is really strong. I’m not sure if I’ll play quarterback. I think I just want to focus on defense and maybe play as an athlete on offense.”

Q: Are you planning to come to any games at Death Valley this season?

Spector: “Yes, sir. I’ll definitely be there for Notre Dame and Florida State, and I’m coming to App State to watch the QB from Calhoun. Probably Georgia Tech as well, but those other three for sure.”

Last year, Baylon (pronounced BAY-lin) recorded 71 tackles and 1 interception for Calhoun while also playing QB. He is a big, strong, physical safety who possesses a high football IQ, so he should fit in perfect at the nickel back position for Clemson. Spector said he is really excited about playing for Coach Venables in Death Valley and knows Clemson could use him this season with the loss of Korrin Wiggins at the SAM LB, nickel position.

Spector gave his pledge to Clemson while he was on an unofficial visit Saturday and became the first Clemson commitment of the 2017 signing class. I asked him if he had heard the news about 4-star 2017 OT Noah DeHond, who committed to Clemson just 30 minutes before we spoke, and Spector said he had and was excited about the way Clemson is recruiting right now. The Tigers already have a head start on signing yet another stellar class in 2017.

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