Swinney, Tigers Offer Alabama DE

Clemson assistant coach Dabo Swinney is hoping to pull another gem from the state of Alabama this year.

Drew Traylor, one of the top defensive ends in Alabama, is one of the Tigers' key targets in the state this year. CUTigers.com has the latest on this outstanding defender in this recruiting update.

"Coach Swinney came to our practice last week and told my coach he was going to offer. We talked on the phone on Monday night and he offered," Traylor told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "We just talked about the University and the benefits of going to Clemson. He is a real nice guy. I like him a lot. I know he is one of the top recruiters in the country."

The 6-5, 225 pound prospect has four offers, but that list should grow as many schools are starting to show significant interest. "I have offers from Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Clemson and Army," Traylor said. "I am also hearing from Georgia Tech, Duke, Louisville, Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Auburn."

When asked if he has any current favorites, Traylor responded, "No sir, I am pretty much open. It is still kind of early."

Traylor has also visited several SEC schools this spring. "I visited Alabama and Auburn. I also went to Vanderbilt, Tennessee and LSU," he said. "I want to get up to Clemson for a visit. I am trying to work it out with Tribble Reese. I know his family well. I don't know him that well."

Don't expect an early decision from the talented defender. "I want to wait until later this year. Then I want to take some visits. After that I will be ready to make a decision," Traylor added.

The Mountain Brook standout doesn't take any plays off when he is on the field.

When asked about what he's going to be doing this off-season to improve his game, Traylor responded, "I want to continue gaining weight. I want to get my strength up also. I am definitely going to keep working to become a better pass rusher. I go 100% on every play. My speed helps me too. I have recently gotten better on my pass rush."

What will be most important to the Alabama standout when he selects a team? "I will look at how I feel I can fit in at the school. I will also look at academics. Early playing time will also play a part," replied Traylor.

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