Tigers looking north to Delaware

Clemson pulled a pair of tackles out of the state of Delaware during the 2010 recruiting term. The Tigers are back and looking to pluck an offensive tackle out in the class of 2011.

DT Trip Thurman Profile

CUTigers recently caught up with Dover High School offensive tackle Trip Thurman, who had just camped at Florida.

"I have to sit down with my parents to get a feel for where else I need to go to get a feel for the school," he said. "Clemson has come up as a topic, as a school that I could go down and take a look at."

Recruited to Clemson to play offensive tackle, Thurman's interest in Clemson has grown on Saturdays in the fall.

"When I'm looking at them on TV, I can see it's a great football school," he said. "For my mom, it's a beautiful campus and has great academics. I'm looking for a great academic school to get my degree. It's just a great place to play football."

The recruitment from Clemson picked up during the recent spring evaluation period. That's when the Tigers' coaches took a real interest in Thurman.

About midway through the period, he received an offer.

Thurman keeps in touch with offensive coordinator Billy Napier.

"He was supposed to come up and see me in Delaware, but he didn't get a chance because his flight got screwed up," Thurman said. "I haven't had a chance to meet him in person, but they offered me."

"He just tells me it's a great school and beautiful campus and great academics. They've been pushing the fact that I'm a good player. If I was to work hard the summer before, I could play early."

Thurman claims 24 offers, which include: Florida, South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland and Boston College.

"I don't have a top five or top 10. I'm still looking at schools and evaluating them," he said. "I just want to find what's right for myself and my family because they're going to be there with me along the way."


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