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Elliott to take closer look at Tennessee tailback

With the NCAA recruiting calendar turning to the spring evaluation period today, college football coaches can hit the road over the next six weeks or so to watch prospects compete at their high schools. Offer sheets of players all over will grow as coaches get a better look at them.

Clemson continues to contemplate its running back options behind Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County five-star Zamir White, and spring evaluation will help the Tigers in that regard.

One legitimate offer candidate at the position is Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman four-star Master Teague, who spoke with The Clemson Insider recently.

Teague said he and Elliott have talked a couple of times since he visited for Clemson’s junior day on March 4, while offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell has also reached out.

“I know coach Elliott is planning on coming to see me practice and to talk with my coaches during my spring practice,” Teague said.

As a junior in 2016, Teague surpassed 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns while averaging over eight yards per carry.

Teague is up over 20 offers after receiving about half of his total this year. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder slotted in as a top-10 running back and top-200 overall prospect in 247Sports’ latest rankings update.

Teague’s tape has gotten attention from Clemson’s staff.

“They say that they love my film,” Teague said. “They want to see me during my spring practice in person before they move forward with an offer. Coach Elliott said he might offer up to three more guys. They only have one running back offer out there at this time.”

Teague cited Auburn, Duke, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee as the schools recruiting him the hardest right now.

Since visiting Clemson, Teague has been to Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Last month, he announced a top 12 of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Clemson is one of four schools (Alabama, LSU, Ohio State) that made his list with a proverbial asterisk — those recruiting him, which haven’t yet offered.

“Their culture stands out to me,” Teague said of Clemson. “I really like what they do with P.A.W. Journey and the accountability things they have in place for the players. The coaches seem to be men who will be a good influence on me as I become a man. They seem to really care for their players.”

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