Clemson University

Tigers will offer scholarship to player who had stroke

Football player Jake Nicolopulos will have an athletic scholarship awaiting him at Clemson when he is ready, the school said Monday. A student at T.L. Hanna High in Anderson, Nicolopulos sustained a stroke Dec. 9 at his home. He is hospitalized at AnMed Health and was listed in fair condition on Monday.

A linebacker, he had committed to Clemson in February.

Clemson received a waiver from the NCAA permitting members of the coaching staff to visit Nicolopulos during a highly sensitive recruiting period. Commitments are not binding. Prospects can sign National Letters of Intent beginning Feb. 3.

During a weekend visit by football coach Dabo Swinney and athletic director Terry Don Phillips, Nicolopulos' parents were told Clemson intends to honors its scholarship offer.

- Ed McGranahan, Greenville News