Clemson first to offer '12 OT

One of the top 2012 in-state offensive tackles already has an offer from the two major schools in South Carolina. After camp visits to both, neither holds too much favor over the other, but one could have a slight edge.

OT Oliver Jones Profile

CUTigers caught up with Ninety Six High School offensive tackle Oliver Jones after he wrapped up a three-day camp visit to Clemson.

"I thought it was awesome. I really enjoyed myself. I learned a lot. I had a lot of fun. The overall experience was great," he said.

Clemson's offer, as reported on the CUTigers premium message board The Valley, came in late May, just a few weeks ahead of his other offer—South Carolina.

That first offer holds a little bit of sentimental value.

"It's definitely (special) because they were the first to offer. My experience up there was unbelievable," he said. "The people are great. The atmosphere is great. I've definitely got a soft spot for Clemson because they are my first offer."

The offer from the Gamecocks was extended while Jones was in Columbia for the one-day offensive and defensive line camp.

"It was pretty much the same (as Clemson)," he said. "I had a great time there. I took a lot from both camps. I learned a lot. Both were well worth the money."

Jones has seen a couple of games in Death Valley, but not on unofficial recruiting trips. He watched his first game at South Carolina last fall when Vanderbilt played in Williams-Brice. That was also a non-recruiting trip.

Is there a favorite at this point in the process?

"It's still a little too early for that."

Jones laid out the particulars he'll be looking out for while evaluating schools.

"I definitely want to go somewhere that I can make an impact and play, as soon as possible," he said. "I want to go somewhere that can help me out, as far as my major. The atmosphere, the coaching staff—the offensive line coach, the players. I want to go to a team that's winning. Both (Clemson and South Carolina) don't have a problem with that."

Offensive coordinator Billy Napier is responsible for recruiting the portion of South Carolina that Jones lives.


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