Five-star DT ready to see Clemson

Trenton Thompson

There are going to be a few defensive tackle spots for Clemson to fill after Grady Jarrett, Josh Watson and DeShawn Williams move on after next season.

DT Trenton Thompson Profile

At the top of the list of potential candidates to join Scott Pagano, D.J. Reader and Carlos Watkins is five-star prospect Trenton Thompson. Scout.com lists the Westover High School [Albany, Ga.] as the No. 3 ranked defensive tackle in the class of 2015.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle is looking forward to his first visit to Clemson.

"I'm trying to make one [in January]. Coach [Dabo] Swinney came [Danny] Pearman came, too. I talk to coach Pearman a lot. He's cool," Thompson told CUTigers, during a Georgia Junior Bowl interview in Atlanta.

Pearman heads up Clemson's recruitment of Thompson.

"For a long time, before the dead period, he came to my school like every week," Thompson said.

What kind of message has Pearman relayed to him?

"They need physical linemen and everything. ‘You're my guy. You could fill up a lot of gaps and stuff. Really want you to make a visit, so you can see the environment, experience it first-hand'"

Thompson is starting to get familiar with the Clemson program.

"I know they need help on the front line," Thompson said. "The offense really carried them and everything. The quarterback is good. Sammy Watkins is a really good receiver. I know they've got a good program. They went 10-2.

"They're in my top, too. They're in my top. They're pretty good."

Thompson looks forward to his first visit to Tigertown.

"Facilities, the locker room, I'm going to ask about some academic stuff, too. I'm going to see if I can get some programs and bring it back, sit down with my mom," he said.

A number of schools are under consideration.

"Georgia, I mean, I really don't have a top," Thompson said. "The schools I'm liking are Florida State, Florida, Clemson, Tennessee, Michigan State, South Carolina, North Carolina, that's mostly it right now. There are some more, but there are a lot."

Though he didn't claim a leader, Georgia is perceived as the team to beat.

"They're the first school to offer me," Thompson said. "They're the first school that came to my school. They're the first school to show me a lot of love. And the atmosphere is just ridiculous."

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