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Vinson talks official visit, Xavier McKinney

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Citra (Fla.) North Marion offensive lineman Blake Vinson was one of several Clemson commits who took their official visits to Clemson over the weekend.

The Clemson Insider caught up with Vinson, who enjoyed his two-day stay on campus.

“It was a lot of fun,” Vinson said. “It’s unfortunate they lost, but all of the coaches were great this weekend and all of the players are really cool.”

Along with Vinson, Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern defensive end commit Logan Rudolph and Calhoun (Ga.) linebacker commit Baylon Spector made their official visits.

It was an eventful weekend for Vinson and company.

“When we got there we unpacked, then the coaches picked us up in the van. We went to the West End Zone and sat in on the offensive meeting and watched walk throughs,” Vinson said. “After that my family and I met with coach (Dabo) Swinney. Then we went to The Smokin’ Pig for dinner with coach (Jeff) Scott, coach V (Brent Venables), coach (Brandon) Streeter and several recruiting assistants. We went to the basketball game in Littlejohn.

“Saturday we ate breakfast with the team, then did a tour of the new facility. Then we did a campus tour and checked out the new rooms the players stayed in. We went back to the stadium, ate lunch then watched the game. After, we all had dinner in the West End Zone. This morning we ate dinner with the coaches, then had an academic meeting and left.”

What was the highlight for Vinson?

“I really liked hanging out with coach (Robbie) Caldwell at the basketball game,” Vinson said.

“The new facility is incredible,” he added. “It’s going to be awesome to use that for the next four to five years of my career.”

The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder continues to build a strong bond with Caldwell, Swinney and the coaching staff.

“Both of the coaches are always very genuine when we speak,” Vinson said of Caldwell and Swinney. “Coach Swinney said he’s excited for me and can’t wait to get me up there. Coach Caldwell says the same, and said that I could be a four-year player at Clemson and see the field next year.”

In addition to the commits, Roswell (Ga.) four-star safety and priority target Xavier McKinney made his official to Clemson.

Vinson chatted with McKinney a good bit and believes he had a good time, as well.

“I talked to X a lot. He’s a cool guy, and I hope he chooses Clemson,” Vinson said. “I think he enjoyed his visit. I was just telling him Clemson is a special place and I hope he chooses us.”

Vinson, Rudolph and Spector have all signed their scholarship papers and will enroll early in January.

“It’s always good to see the other commits,” Vinson said. “They’re great guys.”

With January steadily approaching, Vinson is anxiously awaiting the start of his Clemson career.

“I am very excited,” Vinson said, “and ready to go.”

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