5-star recruit Peter Woods chats with Clemson defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall. (Matt Connolly/

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5-star defender says Clemson visit ‘checked all the boxes’

CLEMSON — Five-star recruit Peter Woods made his first trip to Clemson last week for Dabo Swinney Football Camp.

The defensive lineman told after the trip that he doesn’t expect it to be his last.

The No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2023 according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Woods described his visit to Clemson as “great.”

“I really think that they did a really great job of just checking all the boxes, whether it was academics or life after football, showing me the facilities, the building and stuff,” Woods said. “So I feel like next time I go there it’ll be more chill, just getting to know the people.”

The Alabama native attended Dabo Swinney Camp last Wednesday, and while he didn’t work out, he watched closely as defensive tackles coach Todd Bates put players through drills.

Bates is the primary recruiter for Woods, who said he enjoys the coaching style Bates uses to teach

“Coach Bates is big on making sure everybody’s reps are quality and not as much quantity, getting it done the right way and not just grinding,” Woods said. “I think that’s a big thing for me, just being able to perfect the craft.”

In addition to Bates’ coaching style, Woods was also impressed by the family atmosphere that he had heard so much about. He enjoyed getting to experience it for himself in person for the first time.

“No matter who I was with I caught the same vibe from everyone, just that home feel,” Woods said. “Coach Swinney had told me something when I went in his office that they don’t only allow a family environment, they demand a family environment. So that’s something that’s really big for me, of course — my family.”

Peter Woods holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Clemson and others.

He has visited Alabama, Georgia and Clemson so far this summer and has visits planned to Florida and Auburn. Woods isn’t exactly sure when he’ll be able to return to Clemson for a visit, but he’s anxious to come back.

“It was a great visit. I was really impressed with how the coaches treated the visit. It was very hospitable. And the things that they did as far as going out of their way to make sure that we had everything that we needed,” Woods said. “The people there are great, so just a lot of pluses that came with the visit.”

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