Clemson Football: 5-star LB Trenton Simpson a late gem for the Tigers

5-star Clemson football commit Trenton Simpson may have been a late offer, but he’s a gem in the Tigers’ 2020 recruiting cycle.

The 2020 Clemson football recruiting class picked up its 22nd commitment Saturday when 5-star LB Trenton Simpson announced that he would be a Tiger.

Simpson, a 5-star linebacker prospect, was just offered a scholarship by the Clemson football program recently, but immediately knew where he wanted to go to school.

The Charlotte resident grew up a Clemson football fan and was clearly waiting for the offer to come in. Simpson de-committed from Auburn back in October and actually visited Clemson shortly after. The Tigers didn’t feel like they were in a position to offer him then, though, and he went on to visit UNC multiple times.

The Tarheels were expected to be Simpson’s destination until Clemson finally offered him on his official visit this past weekend. He committed basically immediately after the offer and, as a result, the Tigers came away with one of the most talented and versatile linebackers in the 2020 cycle.

Though many Clemson football fans are perplexed as to why Simpson didn’t receive a scholarship offer earlier, it should be noted that the Tigers are conservative with their offers and were waiting on a decision from 5-star LB Justin Flowe that never came.

Dabo Swinney has always maintained the idea that he wants to recruit prospects who truly love and want to attend Clemson and that’s exactly who Simpson is. Similar to Travis Etienne, Clemson has found yet another talented prospect late in the process.

Simpson wasn’t highly recruited early on in his high school career. UNC was his first offer back during his junior season, but it doesn’t discount the fact that he may very well be the hottest recruit in the nation in terms of how he has propelled up prospect boards.

Simpson is now considered a 5-star and was named the North Carolina Player of the Year, leading powerhouse Mallard Creek.

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When watching Simpson’s film, you can see that he’s a versatile linebacker. The Tigers could move him to the WILL spot and he’d be successful, but I think there’s a greater chance he plays that hybrid SAM/Nickel role that we see Isaiah Simmons and previously Dorian O’Daniel playing in.

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