When Clemson triumphed over Alabama in January’s national championship game, Shamar McCollum was among the many ecstatic Tiger supporters.
“I grew up a fan of Clemson,” McCollum said. “It feels amazing because I get the bragging rights now.”
McCollum, an emerging defensive end from Dillon (S.C.) High, is getting interest from Clemson.
The class of 2019 prospect made his first unofficial visit to Clemson in June, when he competed for a day of the Dabo Swinney Camp, and hopes to return for a game this fall.
“I’d be very excited to go to one of their games because of their atmosphere and how their fans react, let alone just being the number one team in college football,” he said.
Before showing well at the Swinney Camp, McCollum was able to spend some individual time with Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell, his primary recruiter.
“When I first got there, the day before I came, that night, we walked around, went through the camp and I talked to him,” McCollum said. “Then I saw him the next day after the camp, and he told me I did a good job and I’d be hearing from him. He said he liked my speed.”
McCollum (6-4, 200) broke out as a sophomore last season and received his first offer from Appalachian State in May before Duke followed with an offer last month.
South Carolina, East Carolina and N.C. State are showing interest along with Clemson, and he is looking to visit those schools this season as well.
An offer from Clemson in the future would likely be a game-changer for the in-state standout.
“Coach Swinney has done an awesome job with the program,” McCollum said.
“It would mean the world to get an offer,” he added. “I like their coaches and how they interact with the players.”
Last season, McCollum racked up 80 tackles, 38 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. He also notched an interception.
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