Malachi Nelson sets camp date with Tigers
Clemson still hasn’t offered a quarterback in the class of 2023, but that’s not stopping Malachi Nelson from pursing a relationship with the Tigers.
With the dead period coming to a close on June 1, the Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School quarterback plans to make visits to Clemson, Oklahoma and Southern California this summer. He will camp with the Tigers the first week of June. A top-5 overall player in the class of 2023 per per the 247Sports Composite, Nelson knows he’d be constantly contending for a national championship at Clemson.
“I think there’s only a couple schools where I would be completing for a national championship every year and they’re definitely one of those teams. That sets them apart from most teams,” he told ClemsonSports.com.
Nelson also feels like his high school’s offense has some similarities to Clemson, and he likes how often the Tigers throw the ball. Nelson, who has already been offered a spot in the 2022 All-American Bowl, visited Clemson last October during the dead period, so he was only able to walk around campus. He hopes to get a real feel for the program and athletic facilities in June.
Nelson’s trips to Clemson, Oklahoma and USC this summer do come with some added weight. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound sophomore wants to possibly announce his commitment after visiting those three schools.
“So I can try and get all the wide receivers in my class to come with me,” he said.
Clemson offers 2022 New Jersey defensive back
Jayden Bellamy has been in contact with the Tigers over the last two weeks and received an offer from defensive coordinator Brent Venables earlier this week. Venables and Bellamy were on a FaceTime call along with the entire defensive staff when the Tigers extended the offer.
A three-star recruit from Bergen Catholic (N.J.), Bellamy holds offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame, along with others. Still, Clemson’s offer carries plenty of weight for the 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback.
“It means a lot,” he told ClemsonSports.com. “Knowing their background and also knowing that they don’t just throw out an offer to anyone. They really take their time and get to know you as a person outside of football.”
The Tigers still don’t have a defense commit in their 2022 class and only four overall. Clemson only does official visits in the fall, but Bellamy plans to get to the Upstate this summer if he can.
“Yes, of course they are [a must visit],” he said. “There’s no official visit date set because they only do official visits in the fall. We’ll see if I can get there in the summer but I definitely want to visit Clemson.”
Jihaad Campbell will make visit in early June
Four-star defensive end Jihaad Campbell will pay Clemson a visit on June 8. With the dead period coming to an end, recruits can start to head back to campuses.
Campbell is a junior at IMG Academy (Fla.). Clemson is in the mix for top-100 recruit along with Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.