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North Carolina LB ‘loved everything about Clemson’

Raleigh (N.C.) Sanderson 2018 linebacker Alim McNeill made his first-ever visit to Clemson on Nov. 12 for the Tigers’ game against Pittsburgh.

The Clemson Insider caught up with McNeill about his experience, season and recruitment.

“I loved everything about Clemson,” McNeill said. “The facilities were awesome. And they have a great attitude about football.”

McNeill was able to meet Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell during the visit.

“Great guy and coach,” McNeill said of Caldwell. “I like how he is straight up with me.”

What did McNeill hear from Caldwell?

“He wants me to come up to a camp,” McNeill said. “He liked my size and ability to move.”

McNeill has acquired offers from Boston College, East Carolina and Tulane, while Arizona State, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon and Virginia Tech are among the schools showing interest.

The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder hopes to stay in contact with Clemson and hear more from the Tigers moving forward.

“It would mean a lot,” McNeill said. “Clemson is a dream school.”

McNeill also visited Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest this season.

He said Clemson topped them all in terms of the atmosphere he saw in Death Valley.

“The game was great,” McNeill said. “Best atmosphere of any game I’ve been to.”

As a junior, McNeill helped Sanderson to its best season in school history.

“Our season went great. Finished 9-4, lost in the second round of playoffs. First time my school has ever been,” McNeill said.

McNeill believes he can make an impact at the next level.

“I feel I can be a force anywhere because of my size,” McNeill said. “I will work harder than anyone on the field. And I can be a great teammate and sacrifice for my brothers and do whatever it takes to win.”

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