Alabama got the better of Clemson on the football field Jan. 11 in Phoenix. The Tigers are now hoping to one up the Crimson Tide in Paramus, N.J. That's the hometown of defensive lineman Rashan Gary and his final official visit on Jan. 29 will be to either Clemson or Alabama.
He has already taken official visits to Michigan, Ole Miss, Auburn and Southern Cal. This weekend he's going back to Michigan unofficially to hang out with some friends. So, Clemson or Alabama will get the all important final visit. Clemson coaches Brent Venables, Marion Hobby and Dan Brooks made an in home visit last night. Alabama head coach Nick Saban and assistants will be in the home tonight. Wednesday afternoon Auburn was in the school for a meeting. And Ole Miss and Ohio State were in on Monday.
"It went great," Gary's mother Jennifer Coney said of the meeting with the Clemson trio. "We have formed a good relationship and talked about different things. It was my first time meeting Coach Hobby. It was a good visit. Coach Venables' motor is always on high. He was great, Coach Brooks as well. Everything that we need to know about Clemson we pretty much know it."
Gary and his mother visited Clemson over the Easter weekend so most of the coaches weren't there, so that's one of the reasons they are considering a return visit. She said the family will sit down after dinner Thursday night and decide where to go Jan. 29.
Ms. Coney has been handling all of the talking for her son who refrains from discussing recruiting with the media unless you meet with him in person. And the recruiting season is beginning to take its toll.
"I'm tired," she said. "I am going to cry on Signing Day. I don't care where he goes. He can go to the county college. I just want it over."
Gary is an Under Armour All American who was the Defensive MVP of the game and is rated by one service as the No. 1 prospect nationally in the 2016 class.