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‘Everything stood out’ to 4-star DT during return visit

Twelve days after adding an offer from the Tigers to his lengthy offer list, Raleigh (N.C.) Sanderson’s Alim McNeill returned to Clemson for a visit on Saturday.

It was the four-star defensive tackle’s second time on campus and first since the Pittsburgh game in the fall.

“It was great being back,” McNeill told The Clemson Insider. “I did an entire campus and facilities tour. Everything stood out to me. They really have a great system set in place.”

The facilities tour included the new football operations complex, of course, which was under construction when McNeill visited in November.

“The new one is great,” he said. “It speaks for itself.”

McNeill (6-2, 265) cites over 30 offers, and the large majority have come this calendar year.

Arkansas, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee are just some of the offers McNeill has received thus far in 2017.

He scored his first offer from Boston College last June before Virginia Tech extended his second Power Five tender in December.

The Tigers have been in touch with him since he was a sophomore, and ramped up their recruiting efforts last fall.

He spent most of his time during Saturday’s visit with defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive line coach Todd Bates.

What did he hear from the coaches?

“How great I could be there,” McNeill said, “and how well I fit in.”

McNeill plans to take his official visits and make a commitment decision in December.

Clemson has the legs to go the distance in his recruitment.

“They are very high on my list,” he said.

McNeill is a two-sport star at Sanderson who also mans right field for the school’s baseball team, and he wants to continue his baseball career in college.

He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 14 defensive tackle nationally and No. 117 overall prospect in the 2018 class.

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