Fresh off the decommitment of offensive lineman Zechariah Owens, Clemson football has extended an offer to 2023 offensive lineman Spencer Fano of Provo, Utah.
Fano’s rated at number 140 overall, 14th best offensive tackle and number 2 player in the state of Utah in the 247sports.com composite.
Spencer has a bevy of offers including BYU, Michigan, Oregon, Utah, Tennesee and Southern Cal, among many others.
It was originally thought the 6’5, 270 pound Fano would visit Death Valley for the Syracuse game, it now appears that a scheduling conflict will prevent that and he will find another time to visit Tigertown this fall.
Obviously, the Tigers jumped in late on Fano and that would seem to imply there’s ground to be made up with not only the in-state schools, but suitors like Michigan and Oregon as well.
How that plays out will be interesting. Fano seemed excited about the offer, but it’s difficult to read the level of excitement off of Social Media and one wonders if the Clemson brand carries as much weight in Utah.
Perhaps the biggest recruiting ploy for Clemson football is getting recruits on campus
That and the fact that other schools have been recruiting Fano for a while may put the Tigers behind the 8 ball on this one, but it wouldn’t be the first time an offer from the Tigers and a subsequent visit to the campus sways a recruit.
The loss of Owens was a blow to the 2023 class, specifically a stellar offensive line class that the Tigers had worked hard to secure.
Owens is rated No. 121 overall and the 16th best offensive tackle and while Fano is in a similar range, one has to wonder the odds of him ending up in the Upstate are at this point.
That said, we always couch these things in terms of getting recruits on campus as things seem to change once recruits actually see Clemson in person.