One of the state’s top prospects for the 2024 recruiting cycle was back on the Clemson campus last weekend for head coach Dabo Swinney’s high school camp, a visit that allowed him to get a better look at the program.
OT Kam Pringle (6-7 330) of Woodland may be the most sought-after prospect in South Carolina, with both the Tigers and USC heavily involved in his recruitment. Pringle, who was offered by Clemson on June 1st, has an impressive list of suitors that includes USC, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio St., Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech.
Pringle didn’t work out at Clemson’s camp and instead spent more time with the Clemson coaches, including offensive line coach Thomas Austin. Even a couple of weeks removed, the offer from the Tigers remains fresh on his mind.
“It was exciting. It was something I’ve wanted for a long time, since I started the process,” Pringle said. “It’s verification for me that all my hard work is paying off. It was a great feeling. It was a great experience. He (Austin) told my coaches to tell me to call him, so I called him, and I didn’t realize it was about the offer. And if I did, I forgot that June 1 was supposed to be the day things changed. He called me and caught me a little off guard.”
What did he want to accomplish this past weekend?
“Just feeling out the program,” the Dorchester native stated. “Hanging out with the coaches, going to meetings, just being on campus and feeling out the vibe. I’ve been up there multiple times. I didn’t take a campus tour. I just walked around the facility a little bit. I’ve been up there so many times, I can kind of tell you what’s on campus. So, it’s really just getting familiar with stuff and warming up and getting to know everybody.”
Pringle also made a camp stop at USC late last week. After seeing both of the in-state schools again, Pringle said both remain major factors in his recruiting.
“They (Clemson) are definitely in my top schools. They’re definitely top ten, if not top five contenders for me right now,” he said. “As long as things keep going the way they’re going, they’re going in the right direction. Clemson definitely has a great shot now and in the future. And South Carolina is, of course, a top three school. They’ve done their part in recruitment and make sure they always kept up with me and make sure that throughout the very complicated process to where they can’t call and they can’t just text me, they still put forth effort into making sure we stay in contact.
Pringle will be back on the road later this month with plans to visit Tennessee and Kentucky.