Dillon (S.C.) 2019 defensive end Shamar McCollum, an emerging name on the recruiting scene, is getting early interest from Clemson and visited for the first time a week ago.
McCollum (6-4, 195) was invited to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp and did so last Wednesday.
“I enjoyed being at Clemson and competing a lot,” he said. “They were my favorite team coming up, and I just want to thank Coach Swinney for giving me a chance to compete at a wonderful camp.”
McCollum broke out as a sophomore last season, when he racked up 80 tackles, 38 tackles for loss and 15 sacks and recorded an interception.
Appalachian State extended his first offer last month, while Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are showing interest along with Clemson.
McCollum worked out mostly with Clemson defensive analyst Lemanski Hall at the Swinney Camp. Hall is expected to be hired as Clemson’s 10th assistant once the rule change allowing FBS programs to hire a 10th on-field coach goes into effect in January.
“Coach Lemanski Hall was who I spent most of my time working with since he is going to be coaching defensive ends starting in January of 2018,” McCollum said. “He said he liked my work ethic and that my fast-twitch was really fast. Obviously he said he wanted me to put on some weight, and that is something that I am working on. He said that I had an open invitation for whenever I wanted to come back.”
McCollum has also camped at App State, Duke, East Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech this summer.
An offer from Clemson would mean a lot to McCollum, especially as an in-state prospect who grew up a fan of the Tigers.
“The coaches, how they interact with the players stands out to me,” he said. “It would mean the world to me to be able to play for my favorite team.”