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Elliott to check out North Carolina RB this week

A running back that ran for over 2,000 yards last season, and has racked up more than 20 offers this year, is expecting a visit from Clemson this week.

Running backs coach Tony Elliott is slated to evaluate Sanford (N.C.) Lee County three-star Jahmir Smith at his school.

“I think this Thursday,” Smith told The Clemson Insider at The Opening Regional in Charlotte on Sunday. “It was going to be Friday, but Thursday we have practice, so I think he might try to stop then.”

A majority of Smith’s major offers have come this spring. Cal, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee are among those that have pulled the trigger over the past couple of months, joining schools such as N.C. State, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin on his offer sheet.

Smith (6-0, 195), who also has offers from eight Ivy League schools, met Elliott for the first time last month when he visited Clemson for the Orange & White spring game.

“I’d say we’re very similar,” Smith said. “I talk to him, we text and stuff. He was real smart in school, I’m real smart, so we connect on that basis.”

Smith doesn’t have a concrete timetable for a cut-down in his recruitment or commitment, but said he could narrow things down this month and potentially make a decision as early as June.

He said an offer from the Tigers “would be big.”

“When I went to go visit them, it was just a nice atmosphere,” he said. “All the people, all the coaches were real nice, and it seemed like a great place.”

As a junior, Smith rushed for 2,130 yards and 41 touchdowns.

He is ranked as the No. 30 running back nationally by 247Sports.

“I’m a downhill rusher,” Smith said. “I do one cut and I try to get to the touchdown as fast as possible.”

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