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Scott clears the air with in-state target

Gaffney (S.C.) wide receiver Dennis Smith was slated to visit Clemson for its spring game on April 8 before changing his plans the week of and opting to attend Florida State’s spring game that Saturday instead.

Smith, who added an offer from Clemson on March 4, decided to go to Tallahassee rather than Clemson because he felt at the time as though the Tigers weren’t showing legitimate interest and he wasn’t a priority to the staff.

It turns out it was simply a matter of miscommunication between the two parties.

Receivers coach Jeff Scott has reached out to Smith and cleared the air, reassuring him he would still be a take for Clemson if he wants to go there.

“It was just a miscommunication issue,” Smith told The Clemson Insider. “I had gotten a new phone, so it was something we couldn’t control. He was texting my old number, so we just had to pick back up.”

Smith and Scott have been in frequent contact recently.

“I’ve talked to coach Scott a lot,” Smith said. “I’ve talked to him maybe at least three times a week.

“He’s telling me about what they’re doing there, how I could be a part of it and how he sees me fitting in there, and just getting a degree and how he can prepare me to be a better player as well as a man.”

Florida State offered Smith during his visit there, joining Clemson, Duke, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia Tech among others on his offer sheet.

Smith (6-2, 190) said Georgia has come on as one of his hardest-recruiting schools since offering in late March. Duke, South Carolina and Virginia Tech continue to recruit him hard, as well.

Smith, who hopes to make a decision before the beginning of his senior season, said Clemson still presents an enticing option for him.

“With them being the type of team that they are and basically in the back yard, they’re standing pretty strong with me right now,” he said. “I’m definitely considering them. I always will consider them with where they’re heading and what they’re doing, and it’s not too far.”

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