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4-star target closing in on decision

Clemson is still a contender for Carrollton (Texas) Hebron four-star cornerback Verone McKinley, who is approaching a decision.

McKinley gave The Clemson Insider an update on his commitment timing.

“I’m looking to do it end of the month,” he said.

McKinley’s short list consists of Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Texas A&M and UCLA.

Clemson continues to communicate with him regularly, and defensive backs coach Mike Reed is expected to stop by his school during the ongoing spring evaluation period.

“He is just saying he still thinks high of me and wants me to be a Clemson Tiger,” McKinley said of what he has heard from Reed.

McKinley has visited Oklahoma and Texas A&M this spring. He doesn’t have any other visits scheduled at the moment, but said Clemson is one of the four or five schools he hopes to see again before rendering a college choice.

He made his first visit to Clemson last June after being offered by the Tigers and returned for the South Carolina game in November.

“I want to sit down with my family and coach (Dabo) Swinney,” McKinley said, “and then of course see the new facility.”

What stands out to him about Clemson when evaluating it as an option?

“They have been really successful within these past few years and produced some great NFL-caliber players,” McKinley said. “They are also well developed off the field with the guidance of coach Swinney and the messages he always preaches about being a good person.”

McKinley will consider a couple of factors heavily before pulling the trigger on his commitment.

“Making sure that I can enjoy being at whatever school for three to four years,” he said, “and that I leave with a degree to help me be successful in other fields of life besides football.”

McKinley is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 24 cornerback and No. 265 overall prospect in the 2018 class.

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