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Bates pays visit to fast-rising lineman

It has been a memorable week for Curtis Fann.

Last week, the 2019 defensive end from Emanuel County Institute in Twin City, Ga., was without any offers. Now, he has five offers, including one from Alabama.

“It’s been real busy, but real exciting,” Fann said of the past few days. “Last week I had zero offers and now I have five, so it blew up really quick. I didn’t expect it to be this fast.”

Fann (6-3, 245) netted his first offer from South Carolina on Monday. Georgia State and Auburn offered on Wednesday before UAB and Alabama followed suit yesterday.

Clemson, Georgia and N.C. State are just a few of the others showing interest in the big, strong and athletic lineman.

Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates paid Fann a visit at his school on Tuesday.

“He was telling me that he wanted me to come to camp this summer, and gave me some mail,” Fann said. “I’m going to the camp, and they want to see how well I fit in their defense.”

Fann is capable of playing both defensive end and defensive tackle, and did so during the Elite Sophomores Classic last December, when his showing put him on the radar of some programs.

He feels his strength as a player is stuffing the run.

“I need to work on my pass-rushing, but run-stop definitely,” he said. “I play with my hands, get off the ball fast and use good pad level.”

Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina will get visits from Fann this summer, as well as Clemson. He plans to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp next month.

Fann is a fan of former Tiger defensive linemen Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd and current lineman Christian Wilkins, and said Clemson’s history of production at the position is part of the reason he likes the program.

“It’s a good that they were national champions, but that’s not just why,” he said. “Clemson is a really good school and they produce really good defensive linemen.”

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