Tigers make initial cut

The Clemson Tigers have made the first cut for this four-star wide receiver from the Peach state.

Even though Gainesville High School's (Ga.) Tai-ler Jones was unable to make the trip to Clemson Saturday for the Tigers' second Junior Day this winter, the star wide receiver is still impressed with the Clemson football program.

In fact, he is so impressed with the Tigers and head coach Dabo Swinney that he already put Clemson in his top 15 schools. His recruiter Chris Rumph offered him a few weeks back.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver has already begun the process of narrowing down the 29 offers he has received to this point so that he might be able to make a selection on July 19, the day he says he will announce his intentions. That also happens to be his birthday.

"They are a high-powered school in the ACC, with a high-powered offense," said Jones on why he likes Clemson. "They run a form of the spread offense so it is receiver friendly and they have produced some great receivers like Aaron Kelly.

"With the new coaching staff it is definitely a place to be and a college to be looking for in the near future."

Jones also likes Clemson because he feels he has a better shot at making an impact at Clemson as a freshman than he does at some other schools.

Tai-ler Jones

With the departure of Kelly and Tyler Grisham to graduation and the fact Jacoby Ford will be a senior this fall, there could be some opportunities at wide receiver at the time he would come in. But playing time is just part of the reason Jones likes Clemson. He also likes the fact players graduate and he has always been impressed with the way Clemson plays, its loyal fan base and its game day atmosphere.

"The energy that they play with. I noticed that no matter what the score was, they always played with the same energy and intensity," he said. "It is one of the best atmospheres you can play in on game days with them running down the hill and all. It is a different atmosphere and you can get a different vive from the fans when they run down the hill."

Jones says he can't wait to see Howard's Rock, the Hill and the many other traditions Clemson has, plus the facilities when he does make the hour-long trip. The question now is when he will be able to do it.

He could not come up Saturday because he was in an all-day track meet with his high school, where he ran in the 100-meter, the 200, the 4x100 and the 4x4.

"I want to try to get up there because it is an easy commute from where I live to Clemson," said Jones, whose latest 40 time is 4.45 seconds. "It takes about an hour. I could do it even during the week, but I just have to find the time when I can get up there."

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