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Nation’s No. 1 rising junior talks Clemson, updates recruitment

The Clemson insider recently caught up with the country’s top-ranked prospect in the 2025 class, regardless of position.

David Sanders — a five-star, up-and-coming junior offensive tackle from Providence Day School (Charlotte, NC) who is firmly on Clemson’s recruiting radar — spoke about the Tigers, his recruiting, and season in an interview with TCI.

Sanders, who is ranked the nationwide #1 player in his class by multiple recruiting services, plays both ways for Providence Day, in both offensive tackles and defensive end. Starting on both sides of the ball as a sophomore in 2022, he posted 27 pancake blocks and allowed just one sack while notching six sacks himself to go with 12 quarterback presses. The 6-foot-7, 255-pounder was even intercepted during his impressive campaign.

“Our season went very well,” said Sanders. “We went 13-1 that year and ended up winning the state championship. We’ve had a lot of success throughout the year. I felt like we were getting better every week, which made me very proud of the team. After the season, I got a lot of individual awards based on how I did during the season.”

All-conference and first-team all-state are among the accolades scooped up by Sanders, who already lists two dozen scholarship offers. He also provided information on how things were going for him during the recruitment process.

“Everything with the recruitment process is going pretty well,” he said. “I think a lot of schools are starting to be more interested in me since I’m going into my junior year… I definitely want to attend all the schools I can during the off-season just so I can start narrowing down my choices and make a decision.” “

Clemson is a school Sanders plans to return to soon so he can further develop his relationships with head coach Dabo Swinney and offense coach Thomas Austin.

“Definitely as there’s going to be junior days coming up in the new year, like January, February, March, somewhere around,” Sanders said of when he might be able to make it back to Clemson. “I definitely want to come back to Juniors Day and spend more time with Coach Swinney, Coach Austin. But yes, I definitely want to go there again, most likely for junior day.”

Sanders made a couple of trips to Clemson last spring and then returned to Tiger Town for the NC State game last October.

“I always love going to Clemson’s,” he said. “It’s a very good school and I just love being around the program and the coaches.”

According to Sanders, Austin and Clemson’s offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter recently visited his school.

“Before the dead spell, a couple of Clemson’s coaches, Coach Streeter and Coach Austin, were able to take a trip to Providence Day to see a couple of players at PD,” he said. “Coach Austin was in the weight room about a week ago to watch me lift which was pretty cool just having that experience with him.”

Clemson has yet to turn the page to offer 2025 prospects since the Tigers typically don’t offer recruits until the summer before their junior year, but Sanders is certainly a strong candidate to receive an offer from Dabo Swinney’s program later.

“Obviously if I could get a Clemson offer, it would mean the world to me just based on the history of the Clemson program,” he said. “They have always been known as one of the top schools in the country and I would be honored to receive an offer from them. I think that would help my recruiting process and change it up a bit. So I would like an offer from Clemson.”

Sanders’ impressive roster currently includes schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, NC State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M, among others.

So far, he says, all schools are on “a level playing field” in his recruitment as far as they are with him at this early stage in the process.

“I was only able to attend a handful of select schools,” he explained. “Just because I’m in school and during football season, I haven’t really been able to go to a lot of schools. But during the off-season I’ll definitely be able to see where I like the most and where I probably don’t like the most. So right now I would say everyone is balanced just because they can’t reach me because I’m a class of 2025. But I’m just taking this opportunity to enjoy my process and thank every coach who’s recruiting me now and just getting to know everyone.”

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