West Coast RB makes surprise visit

One of the top safeties in the country, who could actually play on offense at the next level, made a surprise visit to Tigertown Thursday ... and he left with a lot to think about.

RB/S Lucky Radley Profile

Think television exposure isn't a big deal when it comes to recruiting?

Think again.

Thursday the Clemson coaching staff, led by running backs coach Andre Powell, hosted a big time safety/running back prospect from Los Angeles, only after he had extensively watched Clemson on television the last few years.

Lucky Radley, Scout.com's No. 34 safety, visited Clemson with his mother, Brenda Radley, and the two came away impressed ... with just about everything.

"I'm just very interested in Clemson. I've been watching them on television a lot the last couple of years. I sent Coach Powell my film and I told him I was really interested in Clemson," he told CUTigers after making the trip. "He got back at me and we were talking over the phone and email and then we arranged a visit."

Being from the West Coast, Radley said he was blown way by the "football atmosphere" Clemson had to offer.

"It went great. I loved it," he said. "We started off by taking a tour of the campus and we were shown a lot of history with the school and then we took a tour of the football facilities and the field and I got a chance to see Howard's Rock in person and the weight room and the practice facilities.

"But what I really loved about it was the town itself. Everywhere I went, there was Tiger this or Tiger that. It was crazy ... there were even Tiger paws painted on the roads. I've never seen anything like it."

Radley's mother was even more impressed than her son.


Radley finished his junior season with 60 tackles and nine sacks. He also had 1,113 yards rushing for 23 touchdowns and 246 yards receiving for another three scores.
"Oh I was so impressed. Those facilities are second none," she said. "I don't think we've seen anything like this. The whole town is all about football and that's where his heart is.

"To be honest with you ... nothing could compare to this. UCLA or USC ... the Rose Bowl, even teams in the NFL. The facilities we saw today were spectacular."

Radley finished his junior season with 60 tackles and nine sacks. He also had 1,113 yards rushing for 23 touchdowns and 246 yards receiving for another three scores. He says he benches 295-pounds, squats 385 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

And while he does not yet hold a Clemson offer, that could very well change in the next day or so.

"I don't have one yet, but I believe I should be seeing one in the next couple of days," he said confidently. "Clemson is definitely on my short list. I'm really feeling them right now after everything I saw today.

"Coach Powell said they are recruiting me both as a safety and a running back so we'll see what happens."

And as far as location goes, both Lucky and his mother confirmed that is the least of their concerns.

"No issue for me whatsoever," he said. "I could go anywhere."

"And I have a daughter that goes to Georgia Tech," Mrs. Radley said. "And I had a son at Florida A&M. I'm more than happy to see Lucky go across the country, especially after today."

Radley currently holds offers from Arizona, Iowa State, Colorado State and Fresno State, among others.

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