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4-star makes surprise visit: Swinney Camp notebook

The second session of the Dabo Swinney Camp rolled along Wednesday with the afternoon workout that was again loaded with talent, and featured a few new names. Here are some news, notes and observations from what we saw:

— One surprise visitor today was Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton 2019 four-star safety Joseph Charleston. Charleston, who is strictly on a visit and not on campus for the Swinney Camp, arrived on campus with his mother at about 2:30 p.m. They then headed to the Allen Reeves Football Complex before taking a tour of the facilities and campus.

Charleston (6-2, 190) received a flurry of offers from major programs last month, including Alabama, N.C. State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Vanderbilt was first to offer in March before Georgia and West Virginia followed in April. He most recently visited Vanderbilt and Virginia in March.

— The talk of the workout amongst many observers on hand was the appearance of Athens (Ga.) Athens Christian 2018 athlete Richard Jibunor, who worked out with the linebackers and was given considerable attention by Brent Venables. A 6-foot-3, 210-pounder in superb physical shape and gifted with outstanding raw athleticism, Jibunor looks like he could play any skill position on the field.

Jibunor has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee among others. Jibunor most recently visited Auburn for its Big Cat Weekend event earlier this month, and the SEC’s Tigers are viewed as the leader. He is ranked as a top-250 overall prospect in the 2018 class.

— There were a couple of newcomers among the running backs, Sanford (N.C.) Lee County 2018 three-star Jahmir Smith (pictured) and Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern 2019 Paris Brown Jr.

Smith, who received a visit from running backs coach Tony Elliott during the spring evaluation period, is a back the Tigers are looking at as a potential offer candidate. He made the inside drill look effortless thanks to his quickness and footwork.

Smith visited Clemson for the Orange & White spring game in April. His offer sheet includes Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Tennessee and Wisconsin, along with a number of Ivy League schools.

Brown has early offers from Iowa State, Oregon and South Carolina.

— A new prospect among the tight end group was Atlanta (Ga.) Woodward Academy 2020 standout Arik Gilbert. The impressive 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee among others.

— One defensive back that looked good during drills and was getting attention from cornerbacks coach Mike Reed is Charlotte (N.C.) 2018 cornerback Donte’ Anthony.

— Oxford (Ala.) 2019 offensive tackle Clay Webb stood out among the O-linemen again in the afternoon workout. One person we talked to, who has been a regular observer of the Swinney Camp over the years, was wowed by what he has seen from Webb. He said Webb was impressive as he played Swinney Ball on Tuesday night. He has noticed that the defensive ends have been forced to try to beat him with speed instead of bull rushes, as his size and physicality makes him tough to go through.

— Atlanta (Ga.) Carver 2018 four-star safety Quindarious Monday, who was offered by Clemson earlier this month, was in action during the afternoon workout after spectating during the morning workout. You can’t help but like his length and the amount of ground he can cover quickly with his long strides.

— Wake Forest (N.C.) 2018 four-star running back Devon Lawrence, the brother of Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, did not work out during the afternoon workout and instead rode around on a golf cart with Dabo Swinney for the first couple of periods.

— Above picture: Jahmir Smith of Sanford, N.C., during Wednesday afternoon’s workout at the Dabo Swinney Camp

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