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4-star RB explains why Clemson made his cut

Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman four-star running back Master Teague released a list of his top 12 schools on Sunday, and Clemson made the cut.

Teague, who holds over 20 offers, is glad to have narrowed down his recruitment.

“It really feels great,” Teague told The Clemson Insider. “Even though I know there is still more narrowing down to go, I really looked forward to this.”

Teague’s top 12 is divided into two parts — schools that are recruiting him and have offered, and schools that are recruiting him but haven’t offered.

Auburn, Duke, Georgia, Louisville, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt made the list of schools that have offered, while Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State made the list of schools that haven’t.

Teague said he included Clemson for a number of reasons.

“They have a lot of things that I like,” he said. “I really like the culture and environment that they have created there. I feel I can grow there spiritually, academically and athletically. Coach (Dabo) Swinney seems like a great leader. Coach (Tony) Elliott seems to be a very solid human being and coach as well.”

Elliott has informed Teague that he is one of the few running backs on Clemson’s board for the 2018 class.

The two have been in touch since Teague visited Clemson on March 4 for junior day.

“We have talked on the phone and he texted my dad to congratulate us on the Georgia offer,” Teague said. “He said he plans to come out to see me during my spring practice.”

As for the other schools in his top group, Teague believes each would be good fits for him as a running back and would help him grow as both a player and person.

“I like that each of these schools have an offense that could be a good fit for the type of running back I am,” he said. “Most of these schools seem to have running back coaches who are good teachers that can help me become the best running back I can be. They each seem to have environments that can help me grow into the young man I hope to be and I will continue to determine that.”

Teague is rated by 247Sports as the No. 9 running back and No. 186 overall prospect in his class. As a junior in 2016, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder ran for more than 2,000 yards and surpassed 20 touchdowns while averaging over eight yards per carry.

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