Clemson in the mix for elite OT

So far, 12 schools have offered the No.7 offensive tackle in the class of 2011. Clemson, which is one of those 12, is considered among the favorites.

OT Conor Hanratty Profile

CUTigers recently caught up with New Canaan High School (Conn.) High School offensive tackle Conor Hanratty, who also has offers from Boston College, Stanford, California, Iowa, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Florida State, Maryland, Penn State and Virginia.

Clemson recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Jeff Scott extended the offer to the four-star rated prospect about a month ago.

"I talked to about five coaches I got the offer over the phone, coach (Dabo) Swinney was one of the coaches that I spoke to," Hanratty said.

Prior to receiving the offer, he'd been hearing from Clemson for several months.

"Where I'm from, you don't hear too much about Clemson University. I know they've been pretty successful over the years," Hanratty said. "I know they've got a really solid program."

He's never been to Clemson and has yet to set a definite trip to Tigertown.

"I'd love to go down. I hear it's a real fun place," Hanratty said.

As far as favorites go, no school holds an advantage over the other.

"I have 12 offers, I have 12 favorites," Hanratty said.

A verbal commitment could be coming as early this spring, if not that soon, then early to mid-summer.

So far this spring, he's visited Boston College, Florida, Notre Dame and has planned a trip to the West Coast to see California and Stanford.

Hanratty is looking at several criteria as works toward a decision.

"Academics, coaching prestige and where I'd fit in the best, where I'd be the most successful," he said.

Some schools are recruiting him to play tackle and others to play guard. Though he has no preference, Hanratty said he wants to "stay as versatile" as possible.

Clemson hasn't committed to either position.

"I asked them when I called them. They said I have the skill sets to go either way. They basically said they play their five best on the line. That's one of the things they recruit for—versatility," he said. "All of their guys can play either tackle or guard. I guess that's where I fit in there."

Hanratty is the son of former Notre Dame All-American quarterback Terry Hanratty. Top Stories