Clemson received a long-awaited visit from Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County five-star Zamir White on Saturday.
The nation’s No. 1 running back arrived on campus with his mother and grandfather for the Orange & White spring game a little while before kickoff. They toured the new football operations facility, and after the exhibition, spent time with head coach Dabo Swinney, running backs coach Tony Elliott and other members of Clemson’s coaching staff.
It marked White’s first visit since the Louisville game last October.
“He really enjoyed the game,” said Richard Bailey, White’s head coach at Laurinburg High. “He thought the atmosphere was pretty awesome. He thought the fan base was pretty incredible. And he’s been to some other spring games, so that was impressive to him. He mentioned that, and he enjoyed getting to talk to coach Swinney and the other coaches, coach Elliott and them. They really had a good meeting.
“They really got to spend some time with them, and I think it helped their comfort level with Clemson.”
According to Bailey, White thinks the new facility is “off the charts”.
“He was impressed with the facility,” Bailey said. “The brand new facility, he thought was unbelievable. As far as the places he’s been, (the facilities) were as good if not better than any place he’s been, and he’s been to some really good places obviously. So that speaks volumes.”
Bailey said White and his mother’s conversations with Swinney and his staff were productive, and there was a mutual rapport between his mother and the coaches.
“She wasn’t specific about it, but the meeting with his mom went really well, that they seemed to connect,” he said. “They had spoken before, but he hadn’t been on campus since the Louisville game, and that was such a late game. He got there at the time of the game and didn’t really get to spend much time with the coaching staff at all. So this was the first time that Dabo and her got to sit down and really talk.”
White announced in late February that Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina are his finalists. He remains on schedule for a decision date of June 27, his mother’s birthday.
Ohio State is also in the conversation, and White is expected to visit the school this weekend.
White went to Georgia following his visit to Clemson on Saturday, and the Bulldogs are the perceived favorite right now. The trip to Athens was his third this year.
Bailey isn’t privy to all that White is thinking in regards to his recruitment. But his inclination is that Georgia sits atop his pecking order, with the other contenders close behind.
“I don’t know, but I right now have a feeling Georgia’s at the top, and everybody else is kind of right there below them,” he said.
“I do think Clemson is definitely still very much in the mix.”
White is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 prospect in North Carolina, the No. 1 running back and the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2018 class.