2022 SAF Edric Weldon (6-5 210) of Hallandale, FL was offered recently by Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables. The Tigers joined USC, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, LSU, Kansas, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami, Virginia Tech, Indiana and Pitt in offering one of the nation’s tallest safeties.
“It felt good to get the offer from Clemson knowing that they don’t hand out offers a lot,” Weldon said. “I worked hard and then the Lord blessed me to get an offer from Clemson and Coach Venables. I don’t really know too much about Clemson but their defense stands out to me. I like how Coach Venables runs his defense with the 4-2-5 scheme. It’s similar to how my coach run his defense, so I know If I was to go to Clemson i would fit into the defense right away.”
Clemson has had a history of tall, rangy safeties,, and Weldon fits that mold. He knows his size gives him an advantage over smaller safeties and smaller receivers.
“It helps me cover more ground when I’m on the field and it’s easier for me to see the field,” Weldon said. “But I also have so many people telling me I might play safety in college, but then I have other people saying I might play linebacker or a rover like a Isaiah Simmons.”
Weldon hasn’t been able to visit most of the schools that have offered him, and he hopes to get out on the road once the NCAA ends the Dead Period. In the meantime, he’ll continue to sort thru the information he has on hand about the schools that have offered.
“To be honest with you, all the schools that offered me stand out and no I don’t have a top group yet,” Weldon said. “But I would like to make a visit to Clemson, and a thing I would like to see is what the football players meal plans are like and how would I split my time between football and the classroom.”
Weldon, however, does have a good idea about what he’d like to find in that perfect school and program for him.
“the team would act like a family to me and the coaches would have a great bond with me and my family and would be able to understand who I am,” he said. “And the school would be having the activities I major in. I’m looking for loyalty in a school and making sure that I can play as a freshman and making sure that the coaches have a good bond with my family and making sure that they will actually take care of me and make sure that my mom doesn’t have to stress.”
Weldon is rated as a three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite. He’s ranked the #26 safety nationally and the #58 prospect in Florida in the 2022 class.