Cade Denhoff

Clemson will host some top 2021 prospects this month but DE Cade Denhoff (6-5 212) of Lakeland, FL won’t be among them. It’s not because he doesn’t want to visit, or doesn’t plan to visit, it’s just that he can’t. Denhoff said basketball and family obligations will dominate his time in January and February and he won’t take any more visits until March. And when he does, Clemson will be one of his stops.

“I talk to them usually about once a week, sometimes with coach (Brent) Venables, lot of times with coach (Lemanski) Hall, the defensive ends coach,” Denhoff said. “They like to keep up with me, keep up with my family, basketball, football. They are just family people. They are pretty invested in their recruits’ lives, so that’s kind of cool. They are just keeping up with me, making sure that I know they are really high on me. We have a pretty good relationship.”

Denhoff has Clemson in his posted top seven which also includes Alabama, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia. And an 8th team came into the picture Thursday when Georgia offered. Denhoff said he has family in Athens and has always had the Bulldogs on his radar.

Last season Denhoff had 92 tackles and 11 sacks and what he’s heard from Clemson is they love his style of play.

“Just my motor,” Denhoff said. “Coach Venables talks a lot about my motor and how hot that is, which is usually the biggest thing with a lot of schools. That’s one of the things he likes the most, how I attack the ballcarrier full speed all the time.”

When he does go back on the road, Denhoff said he will make stops at Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Nebraska and Penn State. And Georgia is a possibility for a visit though he wasn’t sure on that since he visited there in September. Denhoff said he will sign and graduate early.

The 247Sports compositing ranking lists Denhoff as a 4-star prospect, the #7 strongside defensive end in the country and the #13 player in the state of Florida for the 2021 class.

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