247Sports-Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and wide receivers coach Tyler Grisham are traveling to Brooks, Alberta on Wednesday to visit Tigers Canadian wide receiver signee Ajou Ajou.
Ajou (pronounced uh-JOE) is completing his high school career online and will spend the remaining time before he enrolls at Clemson in June at home in Brooks.
Per a contact close to Ajou, it’s the longest time Ajou will be at home in the past three years.
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Ajou, who is ranked as a four-star by 247Sports and as the No. 258 overall prospect in the 2020 class, signed with Clemson in December and will enroll in June. He played his senior football season at Clearwater (Fla.) Academy International.
Temps are currently in the teens in Brooks and there’s significant snow on the ground as well. Aside from the weather, Ajou compared Brooks to Clemson back when he was offered by the Tigers in June following participation in the Dabo Swinney Camp.
“Clemson was awesome, it felt like where I grew up in Brooks,” Ajou said. “There’s 14,000 people there and there’s like 14,000 in Clemson. It had that country setting. It was amazing.”
Ajou’s mother is a single mother of five and lives in Brooks. She is a Canadian migrant from South Sudan.
Ajou and Dabo Swinney FaceTimed her last summer when Ajou was on campus again in July and he committed to the Tigers.
“When we FaceTimed my mom, I got to see her smile,” Ajou told 247Sports at the time. “Man, I haven’t seen her smile like that in a long time. It was actually crazy. My mom doesn’t speak much English, but coach was seeing how she was and asked her to say, ‘Go Tigers!'”
Ajou’s mother primarily speaks Dinka among a half-dozen other languages.
Elliott and Grisham will enjoy a Sudanese dinner this evening at Ajou’s home, and per a contact, Ajou’s mother is “very excited” to cook that meal for them.
Ajou is Clemson’s first football signee from Canada.