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Jayden Wayne worked out at Clemson last week. (Jayden Wayne/Twitter)

Clemson Football

5-star defender recaps trip to Clemson, planning return visit

CLEMSON — Clemson welcomed plenty of elite talent to campus last week for Dabo Swinney Football Camp.

One of the top defenders in attendance was class of 2023 five-star defensive lineman Jayden Wayne. The Washington native is ranked as the No. 13 overall player in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Wayne traveled throughout the Southeast, making stops at Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Clemson. He broke down his Clemson visit with ClemsonSports.com.

“It was good. It was my first time. I had fun competing at the camp,” Wayne said. “I really liked being coached by Todd Bates and Lemanski Hall and K.J. Henry.”

Wayne did not receive an offer from Clemson on the trip, but he believes one could be coming.

He worked out in front of Clemson’s staff and players on Saturday and spent some time on campus.

As for what he appreciated about learning from Henry: “He was very intense, had a lot of energy and liked me to do everything the right way. He’s a good leader.”

Wayne did not have much time to tour the facility, but he plans on returning to Clemson for a visit this fall. He wants to check out a game and see the atmosphere Death Valley has to offer.

Wayne did get to see the weight room, position rooms and locker room.

He holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and others, and he’s hopeful a Clemson offer is coming, as well.

“I didn’t get an offer but they called me and told me not to doubt myself, they are going to offer me, that I am one of the top defensive ends in the country and they are having a meeting about me. And to be patient,” Wayne explained. “I would definitely consider them if they offered me.”

Dabo Swinney Football Camp continues later this week with morning and afternoon sessions scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

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