Rising North Carolina LB likes Clemson

Kevon Hilliard has already started hearing from several ACC programs including Clemson, and the 2019 outside linebacker from Cornelius (N.C.) Hough High School should continue to hear more from schools after his performance this season.

“My season is going pretty good,” Hilliard said during a recent interview with The Clemson Insider. “I have at least 48 tackles, 10 sacks, about five tackles for loss, one interception and three forced fumbles.”

Hilliard said Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are showing interest right now.

What does he like about Clemson?

“The school overall is a good school,” Hilliard said. “I like the coaches. They show a lot of love when I go down there. I like the way coach (Brent) Venables coaches. He’s a very good coach.”

Hilliard first visited Clemson last summer and visited again earlier this month for the Tigers’ game against N.C. State on Oct. 15.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder enjoyed his time on campus and said he particularly liked seeing the scene in the locker room after the exciting overtime finish to the contest.

“It was a pretty good trip,” Hilliard said. “It was intense. Didn’t expect that to happen, but it did.”

Hilliard has also visited South Carolina and N.C. State this season.

Hilliard didn’t anticipate having as much success as he has had during his sophomore season, but it has been a pleasant surprise.

“It feels pretty good,” Hilliard said. “I didn’t really expect all these tackles and the sacks that I have, but it’s been a good season for me.”

Hilliard is teammates with 2019 cornerback Tyus Fields (pictured right) — the brother of Clemson corner Mark Fields — who Clemson offered in May.

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