OL Parker Boudreaux of Orlando reports an amazing total of over 70 offers at this point. About 15 of those programs have separated from the pack and Clemson is firmly in that group. Boudreaux visited Clemson last season for the North Carolina game and raved about the experience. He is returning this Saturday for a junior day and will bring along his parents and his two sisters.
"I'm just going to observe like everyone like how it is when no football is going on," Boudreaux said. "Just see how everybody is and how the coaches are." He's also looking forward to reuniting with Clemson OL commitment Sean Pollard whom he befriended on his previous visit.
Boudreaux has never named a favorite because he doesn't have one so Tiger fans shouldn't be hanging on this weekend for a commitment. That's not going to happen. But it doesn't mean it won't eventually happen.
"Clemson is very strong on my list," he said. "There's a lot of schools. Clemson, Penn State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, I mean there's a lot. I think I'm going to wait until I can take all five of my official visits and make my decision then. Give my parents a chance to check out everything also."
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Florida also is a factor with Boudreaux. He visited there a few weeks ago and spent about 4-5 hours there meeting part of that time with new coach Jim McIlwain. Florida State and Miami are not factors in his recruiting.
Last season Boudreaux also went to games at Penn State and Miami for games and he's been to Auburn twice. He is also going to take visits this spring to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and possibly Mississippi State.
A bonus for Clemson in this recruiting case is Boudreaux's trainer is Brian Stamper, a four year offensive line starter at Vanderbilt where he was coached by current Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell, who is recruiting Boudreaux for Clemson.
"I"m really comfortable with Clemson," Boudreaux said. "Coach Caldwell, that's a good thing with my trainer. He knows all the techniques and how he coaches so he coaches me now and teaches me his way since he taught him at Vandy."
Boudreaux, like most recruits, is seeking that comfort level that feels like home and the right academic fit. He's considering majoring in criminal justice. And he doesn't plan to make a decision until sometime during his season or after it.
USC also has offered Boudreaux and according to his father, the Gamecocks are one of the schools making a concerted recruiting effort. Boudreaux said they plan to stop by USC on Sunday on their way home from Clemson.