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Clemson a lock for short list of 4-star CB target

Clemson four-star cornerback target Kyler McMichael of Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian, who has around 20 offers, is nearing the cut-down point of his recruiting process.

The Clemson Insider spoke with McMichael at The Opening Atlanta Regional at Buford High School on Sunday.

“I’ve been taking visits, a lot of visits lately,” McMichael told TCI. “We’re getting to the point we’re going to start narrowing down — I want to say to about five schools — before the season starts, and I plan on committing midway through the season.”

What visits has he made recently?

“I’ve been up to Clemson, I’ve been up to Tennessee, I’ve been to Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech,” he said.

McMichael (6-1, 185) attended Clemson’s elite junior day in January, a month after the Tigers offered him on Dec. 17.

“I love the facilities,” McMichael said. “The coaches are great, very sincere, so I loved it up there.”

McMichael was able to talk with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive backs coach Mike Reed during the junior day, he said.

“They were just talking about how they could use me in their defense,” he said, “and how they like a larger corner like me.”

In addition to Clemson, McMichael touts offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA and Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

Clemson is a lock to make his short list.

“Definitely,” McMichael said.

A few factors will be paramount when he makes his decision.

“Environment, education of course and just the relationship I have with that coach,” he said.

Clemson’s coaching staff and style of defense stand out the most to McMichael about Clemson.

“They’re sincere coaches,” he said. “I do love their playing style, how they’re bringing in bigger-type corners.”

McMichael is rated as an athlete by most of the major recruiting services. 247 rates him as the No. 8 prospect in Georgia, No. 2 athlete and No. 73 overall prospect in the 2018 class.

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