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Clemson checks out top Carolina back

Sanford (N.C.) Lee County 2018 running back Jahmir Smith attracted Tony Elliott to his school on Tuesday for his first spring practice.

It was the second of three stops Elliott made to see running backs this week, as Clemson continues to evaluate potential options at the position this cycle.

“It was cool having him at our first practice,” Smith told The Clemson Insider.

Smith, who has seen his prospect stock take off this spring, said Elliott reached out to him after leaving the school.

Smith met Elliott for the first time during his visit for Clemson’s spring game on April 8.

“He said he really likes my character, and that he’s still deciding,” Smith said of what he heard from Elliott this week. “He’s only got three or four guys that he’s looking at, but he says I’m high up there.”

Smith (6-0, 195) has collected offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia and Wake Forest among others this spring. The group joins schools such as N.C. State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin on his offer sheet, which includes eight Ivy League schools as well.

Smith doesn’t have a concrete timetable for when he would like to narrow his recruitment or commit, but says he could cut things down this month and possibly make a decision in June.

Clemson would likely jump to the top tier of Smith’s list with an offer.

“It would be big,” he said. “It would probably be one of the biggest offers I’ve gotten.”

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

He is ranked as the No. 5 running back in North Carolina by 247Sports.

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