Tigers interested in ball-hawking safety


Clemson has been in contact with this Peach State peddler safety since the end of his junior season at Milton High School.

Clemson co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Mickey Conn has been keeping a close eye on Robert Billings — a three-star safety from Alpharetta (Ga.) — who aims to visit the Tigers next month.

“We spoke on Twitter, so we were in touch about my visit there, after the dead period in February, one of those days in March,” Billings told The Clemson Insider. “I’m going to pick a date in March to come over there and see the campus and talk to some of the coaches there.”

Conn has previously told Billings that they rewatched his movie and that the Tigers are interested in him.

“They like how very athletic I am,” he said. “I have a lot of range and I can cover. I can hit really hard, get down in the running game and make plays in the box.

Billings said her relationship with Conn was “pretty good.” The Clemson safety coach stopped by the Georgia-based high school as he made his rounds on the recruiting track during the live period. He briefly spoke with Billings and wished the burgeoning security prospect a happy birthday.

What does it mean for Billings to hear from a school like Clemson?

“It means a lot because when I was younger, me and my friend (four-star cornerback) Ethan Nation would go watch Clemson games,” he said. “His sister was a cheerleader. We watched Clemson games together when we were younger and always dreamed of playing at the same school or maybe Clemson one day. If I got an offer from there it would mean a lot.

Billings has seen its recruitment take off since the start of the new year. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety has earned offers from Buffalo, Georgia State, Florida State, ECU, Louisville, Duke, Vanderbilt, Jackson State, Cincinnati, Oregon, Kentucky, Mizzou, Indiana and UConn.

“Yeah, it’s very surreal because in sophomore year I had no offers or anything,” Billings said. “No college looked at me, but I worked hard and always worked hard. All my hard work is paying off. It’s still surreal. Once I got three offers in one day and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s crazy.’ »

For Billings, it was all about teams getting their hands on his sophomore film. He always knew he had the potential to play college football, but he always said teams needed to see his college movie. Then, he finally started playing his junior season and the rest is history.

Billings had five picks last season and was able to show off his ball-peddling abilities.

“I’m a great athletic safety with great ball peddling skills,” Billings said. “I’m a playmaker, not only in defense but in attack, I can catch the ball and play receiver. On special teams, I blocked two punts this year and took them into the end zone for touchdowns. I’m just a playmaker everywhere.

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