Tigers Move to Front for Top OL

After a great unofficial visit to Clemson this weekend, one of the top offensive linemen in the south has some thinking to do. Could that thinking mean a possible verbal commitment is in the works? What's the story? CUTigers.com has the answers in another exciting recruiting update!

OL Bobby Massie Profile

6-7, 330 pound lineman Bobby Massie was looking forward to an unofficial visit to Clemson this weekend.

And in all likelihood, he knew he would come away impressed with what the Tigers had to offer.

He just didn't know he would be this impressed.

"I liked everything about it," Massie told CUTigers.com Saturday evening. "I really liked the academics. They have a graduation rate of 84 percent. They also have a tutor for every class. They put you in a room with your tutor and they go over all of your assignments. They give you around 12 hours a week of tutoring. That will help a whole lot.

"The first thing I did was meet with coach Powell and the team Chaplin. The Chaplin talked to me about how important spiritual leadership is on the team. They said they have about 80 percent of the team attend FCA," said Massie.

Coach Powell and coach Napier gave Massie the orange carpet treatment on Saturday.

"Then we went around with coach Powell and coach Napier," he said. "They took me to the equipment room. I got to meet the equipment manager. They showed me the helmets, sweatbands and everything. They showed me a jersey with number 72 on it. That is my high school number."

Massie, who again stands in at over 6-7 and weighs over 330 pounds, reminds many of current Clemson tackle Barry Richardson. On Saturday, he had the opportunity to meet Barry, and another recruit making an unofficial visit to Tigertown, at lunch.

"They had another guy there, a linebacker from Georgia (Ebele Okakpu)," Massie said. "We had lunch with him and his family. Barry Richardson came in and had lunch with us. I talked with him some, but he is not a very talkative dude. They put on some highlight films during lunch."

Coach Napier also spent some time talking with Massie during lunch and showing some highlights from last season.

"When I was having lunch coach Napier pulled me out and watched a game film of Georgia Tech. I pointed out a few things to me. He was asking me some questions. He was checking my football knowledge," said Massie.

"I asked the coaches about early playing time and stuff like that. They said after watching my tape that if I come in and learn the play book and get adjusted to college life that I could see early playing time as a guard. Then they would move me over to tackle. I don't care which position I play as long as I get to play."

Coach Powell also spent time with Bobby and his family after lunch.

"After lunch I sat down with coach Powell. He talked to me about how important I am for Clemson. He told me how much they needed me. He put me on the board and tested my football knowledge. He would ask me what I would do against certain scheme's. He would ask me about what calls we used at our school. He said he was impressed with my knowledge," said Massie.

The Georgia Bulldogs held the lead for Massie going into his Clemson visit, but there is a new leader now after seeing what the Tigers had to offer this weekend.

"Going by today from everything I have seen I would put Clemson as my leader. I have them both even, but if I had to pick one right now it would be Clemson," said Massie.

In terms of a possible verbal commitment, Massie says he could be ready to make a decision before the start of his senior year.

"I do want to make a decision before the season," he said. "I am going to North Carolina tomorrow. Then I am going to try to make a couple of one day camps after I get out of summer school. I am going to try to get to one at Virginia Tech and North Carolina."

Bobbie's mother was also very impressed with Clemson.

"It was off the charts," Mrs. Massie told CUTigers.com. "This was my second trip to Clemson. This trip was awesome. I enjoyed everything about it. The academics at Clemson are off the top. That is what I am looking for in a college. I know he will do what he needs to on the field. I want to make sure graduates with a degree. I know he will be able to do that at Clemson."

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