Clemson's culture appeals to emerging prospect

A trip to Clemson is among the visits that class of 2019 prospect Akele Pauling has lined up for this summer.

The do-it-all athlete from Ben Lippen High in Columbia, S.C., plans to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp on June 14.

“I’m looking forward to visiting the campus, seeing what Clemson coaches have to teach,” Pauling said. “Also, I’m looking forward to competing and having a chance to showcase my talents to them.”

As a sophomore last season, Pauling had 48 tackles, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups and an interception as a defensive back. Offensively, he posted 690 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.

Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Northwestern, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are some of the schools showing interest along with Clemson.

“They have been in contact with my head coach, Derek White, about me,” Pauling said of the Tigers. “They like my versatility, me being an athlete. They like me on both sides of the ball.”

Pauling is certainly interested in Clemson, as well. He said the program’s culture stands out to him.

“I love the culture, the way the coaches seem to treat the players on and off the field,” he said. “They seem like they get the best out of you. That’s what makes me so interested in them. They make you a better person in life, on and off the field.”

Pauling (5-10, 165) transferred to Ben Lippen from Cardinal Newman (Columbia) over the winter.

Pauling said he will also visit N.C. State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech this summer. He has previously been to Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Northwestern, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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