Clemson linebacker commitment Baylon Spector, who plays all over the field for Calhoun (Ga.) High School, made his official visit to Clemson on Saturday for the Tigers’ game against Pittsburgh.
Spector arrived to campus on Saturday morning and had a great time.
“I got down there yesterday morning at about nine,” Spector said. “We ate breakfast with the team and talked to some of the coaches and then went back to the stadium, the West End Zone and went to the locker room. They had a jersey for us and we got to try that on, and then after that we went around the campus. They just showed us the campus a little bit more, then we came back, ate and watched the game. It was fun.”
Spector appreciated the opportunity to spend more time with the coaching staff and his future teammates.
“Getting to talk and getting to know more people and more players personally was the best part for me,” Spector said, “and just talking to the coaches more.”
He particularly enjoyed talking to his future position coach, Brent Venables, who plans to play Spector at the SAM linebacker spot.
“We talked a bunch about everything,” Spector said. “About football, coach Venables said he is planning on me playing SAM. That’s where he plans for me to be at. But besides that, we talked about everything. Family and stuff like that.”
Spector and his team are heading into the second round of the playoffs versus Jackson after routing Monroe 42-0 on Friday. It was the eighth consecutive win for Calhoun following a 2-4 start.
In addition to his duties as an outside linebacker, Spector has seen action at quarterback and running back.
“They put me about wherever,” Spector said.
The 6-foot, 205-pound athlete has signed his scholarship papers and will enroll early at Clemson in January.
Spector believes the early enrollment will be beneficial in numerous ways.
“Mostly just trying to get ahead of the game. Just trying to get a good start, learning more football and knowing what to do,” Spector said. “Getting stronger and just trying to get ready to play early.”
Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern defensive end/linebacker commit Logan Rudolph and Citra (Fla.) North Marion offensive tackle commit Blake Vinson took their official visits over the weekend, as well.
Fellow commits Matt Bockhorst, Cordarrian Richardson and Amari Rodgers also visited for the game Saturday.
“We’re strangely close already as a class,” Spector said of Clemson’s 2017 class. “They’re cool guys. I like them a lot. It’s going to be a good class.”
Clemson priority target and Roswell (Ga.) four-star safety Xavier McKinney, one of the few remaining potential takes for Clemson in the current cycle, was also on campus for his official visit.
Spector said McKinney’s visit went well.
“I talked to Xavier a pretty good bit,” Spector said. “He liked (the visit). He seemed to have a good time and liked it a lot. I like him a lot. I think he’s a real good guy, and he’s a real good football player. I think he’s a good fit for Clemson.”
Spector likes Clemson’s chances of landing McKinney, and he would love to see him in a Clemson uniform.
“I think we’re the top two, but it just comes down to what’s best for him,” Spector said. “But I hope he comes to Clemson.”
And getting to Clemson on a full-time basis in a couple of months is something Spector can’t wait for.
“I’m excited,” Spector said. “It was a little bit of a reality check that it’s here and there’s not much longer until I’m going to be down there full time, but I think I’m ready for it.”