Clemson offers Queen City tackle

Mason Veal's dad played football at South Carolina. His mom was on the softball team. But Clemson was the first school to offer him.

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That happened on Saturday morning.

"I was with my mom and I got a call from my coach, coach [Adam] Hastings," Veal told CUTigers in a recent interview. "He told me that Clemson had decided they wanted to offer."

Veal, who's a sophomore at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, then phoned Clemson tight ends coach Danny Pearman.

"He decided after watching my film again, talking to my teachers and looking at my transcript, they decided that I was a kid they wanted to be part of Clemson football," Veal said.

The Clemson offer was a bit of a surprise to the 6-foot-6, 265-pound prospect.

"It's really exciting. It's my first offer. I haven't been talking to Clemson as long as North Carolina, but they've really been recruiting me really hard," Veal said. "They had me up for the spring game.

"It's exciting. It's my first offer. It's one I'm going to remember for a while. I was kind of surprised by it, too, so it was great."

His trip to Clemson for the Orange and White spring game was his first visit to Tigertown as a recruit.

"The thing that stands out, Clemson is pretty much the definition of a college town. Coming into Clemson from the interstate, you see the tiger tracks," Veal said.

This summer, he hopes to make camp visits to Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Notre Dame.

"I'm looking at what's the best fit for me. Obviously, Clemson is the leader right now, just showing the interest they have right now. Clemson and North Carolina are both up there," Veal said. "There are some other schools. I'm interested in getting around.

"Academics are really important to me, a big part of what's going to be my commitment, so where I fit best academically.

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