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5-star Mitchell previews important weekend visit

Clemson will welcome another five-star prospect on campus this weekend for what will be an important visit.

Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic linebacker Teradja Mitchell is set to see Clemson on Saturday, with his commitment decision on the horizon.

Mitchell, who was offered by Clemson in January 2015, visited for the first time last July. It was a brief stay then, so there’s a lot he hopes to get out of this trip.

“Last time I visited I wasn’t there long,” Mitchell told The Clemson Insider. “I’d got a tour of the facility which was under construction at the time and Coach (Dabo) Swinney wasn’t there due to family emergency.

“This time I’m looking forward to finally getting a chance to meet and talk to coach Swinney, see what his plans are for his players, just getting a good feel for the coaches, talk some football and getting a look at the finished facilities.”

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables serves as Mitchell’s primary recruiter for the Tigers and has worked hard to get him back to Clemson.

Venables has had his eye on Mitchell for quite a while.

“We have an ok relationship,” Mitchell said. “We’ve been developing a relationship since I was 9.”

Mitchell, the nation’s No. 2 inside linebacker, has narrowed his list of over 30 offers down to Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, LSU and Ohio State.

He said via social media last week he plans to make his choice before the summer.

What stands out to Mitchell when he looks at Clemson as an option?

“The football program is emerging as one of the top,” he said, “so I know I’ll have a solid chance of winning a national championship and being developed into a potential first-round draft pick which are my biggest goals football wise.”

Clemson signee Jordan Williams — a fellow Virginia native — and 2018 commitment Xavier Thomas are aiding the Tigers’ recruiting efforts as they make a pitch to Mitchell.

“That we can build something special there, build a dynasty,” Mitchell said of what he has heard from them.

Mitchell visited Alabama and Auburn in February and went to Ohio State the weekend before last. He plans to go to Florida State after Clemson, and said it will be his last visit before making a decision.

He is rated by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 1 prospect in Virginia, nation’s No. 2 inside linebacker and No. 21 overall prospect in the 2018 class.

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