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5-star priority target names Clemson among top schools

Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth five-star defensive end and Clemson priority target K.J. Henry named Clemson among his top 10 schools in a social media post on Wednesday evening.

Alabama, Charlotte, Georgia, Louisville, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Virginia Tech also made the cut for Henry, who holds over 30 offers.

“First off I would like to thank God for allowing me to excel in the game I love most and allowing me to pursue so many wonderful opportunities,” Henry said on Twitter. “These are now the top 10 schools I will be talking to about college in the near future.”

Clemson offered Henry, a top-five defensive end and top-20 overall prospect nationally by ESPN, Rivals and the 247Sports Composite, last March.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder attended Clemson’s top-five matchup against Louisville last October and returned on a visit in March. He competed in the Dabo Swinney Camp in June 2015 as well.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney also stopped by Henry’s school to see him and watch one of his basketball games on Jan. 25, a little more than two weeks after the Tigers won the national title.

Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State are thought to be the leading contenders for Henry, while South Carolina and Virginia Tech have been in that discussion.

Henry also visited Alabama in March and Georgia in February.

He plans to commit during his senior season. He will graduate in December and enroll early in his school of choice in January.

As a junior last season, Henry accounted for 17 sacks, six blocked punts and six touchdown receptions playing defensive end and tight end.

He is rated by Rivals as the No. 2 weak-side defensive end, No. 2 prospect in North Carolina and No. 15 prospect regardless of position in the 2018 class.

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