A caller identifying himself as “Clemson Dan” left a racist and threatening voicemail for Rashan Gary, the No. 1 recruit of the Class of 2016, according to Darren Cooper of The Bergen Record.
“If you’re coming down here, you gotta do just like the KKK and be serious about your football. Clemson and the KKK, the two things we love the most,” the caller said, one day before Gary took an official visit to Clemson in January.
Gary, of Paramus Catholic (N.J.) School, eventually committed to Michigan on National Signing Day, choosing the Wolverines over his other finalists. Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, UGA and LSU were all considered to be in the mix for the five-star defensive tackle.
Paramus Catholic school president Jim Vail told Cooper that he thought it was a ruse from a fan of a rival school attempting to dissuade Gary from landing at Clemson.
“So you better not be fooling around, if you’re gonna get a visit, you better be commitin’,” the caller said. “So, just be aware, this ain’t no fooling thing. We Clemson. We big-time football down here.”
Clemson assistant athletic director for communications Joe Galbraith said defensive coordinator Brent Venables was made aware of the call and informed the recruiting office and football administrators about the threat. The Clemson Police Department and the athletics compliance office were then notified.
Paramus police were also notified and issued search warrants to the phone company, but Cooper writes that it’s unlikely that the caller’s identity will be found.