This week, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made a tour of visits to meet with Clemson’s committed early enrollees, and on Thursday, Swinney — accompanied by defensive coordinator Brent Venables — stopped by Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Ga., to see linebacker Baylon Spector.
Swinney and Venables talked with Spector for about an hour before Swinney had to depart for the College Football Playoff coaches press conference in Atlanta.
The Clemson Insider spoke with Spector, who said he enjoyed the company of the two coaches.
“It was good,” Spector said. “We talked about a lot of stuff. It was a good visit.”
Spector said a range of topics came up in their conversations.
“We talked about a lot of stuff,” Spector said. “What’s coming up and how close it is, and then the future, the Heisman, everything.”
Spector said the visit was considered his “in-home” visit, and he appreciated the coaches’ hospitality during it.
“It means a lot,” he said. “It shows a lot about them and a lot about the program.”
Spector, who committed to Clemson in August 2015, took his official visit during the weekend of Clemson’s against Pittsburgh on Nov. 12. He also unofficially visited for the games against Troy and Louisville in September and October, respectively.
Now, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is just a month away from getting on campus full-time.
The sit-down with Swinney and Venables continued to strengthen his relationship with them, and Spector expects a smoother transition to Clemson because of it.
“Building a relationship with them is better for me because getting down there and knowing them and knowing more about them will make it a lot easier transition,” Spector said.
Spector did a lot for Calhoun on the field this season, playing quarterback and running back in addition to his linebacker duties while helping the Yellowjackets to an 11-3 season and the third round of the Georgia Class AAA playoffs.
At Clemson, Venables plans to play Spector at SAM linebacker.
Spector feels enrolling early will help accelerate the learning curve of playing college football, and he is excited to get to work soon.
“Right now I just plan on working out,” Spector said of what’s next for him, “and getting ready for the next level.”