Atlanta (GA) Woodward Academy Top247 linebacker AJ Hoffler will play American football at Clemson, announcing his commitment Dabo Sweeney and company on a Tuesday evening.
Hoffler finished 13th in the ACC Powerhouse for the 2023 cycle, adding to a class that moved up two spots to 4th in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting rankings.
“What I love is the sense of family that I feel not only from the coaches, but also from the players and the administration,” Hoffler said. He had over 50 offers to choose from. “This is the only school I’ve been to where the president cares so much about the football program. And I also love Clemson as a school away from football.”
Hoffler paid an official visit to Clemson the first weekend in June.
“I have to sit back and think about it because sometimes I forget how great the opportunity is for all these schools and Clemson is at the very top of the elite football programs with a very rich history of winning games as well as a defensive line,” he said. Hoffler.
Clemson insider Corey Fravel also contacted Hoffler.
“I knew Clemson was the place for me when my mom and I went there for the second time,” Hoffler told Fravel. “I chose Clemson because of the family environment, education and the great relationships I have with players and coaches. d-line for the NFL over the last couple of years.”
As a junior, Hoffler made 51 tackles, including 21 stoppages for loss, 11 sacks and three forced fumbles. 247Sports National Analyst Cooper Petagna talks about his game.
“Perfectly sized at 6’5″ and weighs 245 pounds, has a thick bottom and growth potential to add extra weight to his body,” Petagna wrote in his assessment. “Shows above-average athleticism in A-5 technique.
“Demonstrates above average knee flexion and hip flexibility in and out of his stance. Takes a good first step from the line of scrimmage but tends to be a bit late with the ball. Demonstrates good initial leg and body speed out of line. in scrum Wins with speed and quickness in his pass rush Will need to continue to develop playing strength and ability to play through his frame at point of attack at the next level Flashing fine motor skills and good backside chasing ability. It seems to be adequate in a running game.
“Projects for linebackers with five techniques in a 4-3 base defense already weighing 245 pounds have the ability to significantly increase their body weight at the next level. Possesses speed and speed. develop more consistency in your ability to play on the run and win with game power to become a complete defender. A long-running linebacker who can turn into a high-level perennial at the Power Five level.”
Here is a link to the Clemson class.