Bowden Camp Impresses 5-Star CB

One of the top cornerbacks in the nation just wrapped up a two-day stint at one of Tommy Bowden's annual football camps. Will Clemson get an official visit? What impressed him the most? Read on to read the exciting details of his trip!

CB Dre Kirkpatrick Profile

While it may have been suspected Clemson had a legitimate chance to land five-star cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and his five-star teammate wide receiver Kendall Kelly before this week's Tommy Bowden Football Camp, it's now been confirmed.

The Tigers, much like they were with Alabama natives Antoine McClain and Jerrell Harris last year, are indeed squarely in the mix with both prospects.

In an interview with early Thursday evening, Kirkpatrick said the past two days were nothing short of outstanding.

"I really like Coach [Dabo] Swinney," he said. "I've gotten to know him really well the last couple of years. I camped here last summer and I was just baby then.

"But I had a really good time at Clemson. I only live about 15 minutes from Antoine [McClain] and we've gotten to be good friends and we talk so I know he really likes it. He talks about it a lot."

It's been a busy summer already for's No. 2 ranked cornerback, but it's about to get even busier.

Jheranie Boyd and Dre Kirkpatrick were two highly ranked prospects in attendance this morning at Tommy Bowden's camp.
"I'm going to Auburn next week," he said. "My summer is going to be real busy. After that I'm going to Michigan and Southern Cal. Jerrell [Harris] told me I had to go out there so I'm going to check that out."

Kirkpatrick was also in Austin, Tex. to check out the Longhorns last week.

"I was out there at Texas last week and they maybe had a 100 people there or something," he said. "It was a good camp but here it was a lot bigger. We did the same type of stuff as far as the drills and everything out there, it was just bigger here in Clemson."

Kirkpatrick took part in a variety of defensive back drills Thursday morning and also participated in 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 team drills.

One more than one occasion, he was matched up with some of the top wide outs in the southeast- including his teammate Kelly and four-star wide out Jheranie Boyd.

Boyd got open on one occasion against Kirkpatrick but the pass sailed over his head. Another time the five-star corner blanketed Boyd forcing an incompletion.

"Yeah man, Jheranie he is really smooth," he said. "I enjoyed going up against him this morning. I go up against Kendall all the time in practice so that's not really new."

Now that his time in Clemson is over, the question remains, will the Tigers get an official visit?

"Yes I think they will," he said. "I like it here and had a good time. I really like Coach Swinney so yes I think we will be coming in."

Last year as a junior, Kirkpatrick recorded 58 total tackles and six interceptions. He was also named an All-State performer.

He currently holds offers from most major powers around the country including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, LSU and Southern California. Top Stories