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In-state prospect impressed with Clemson

Blythewood (S.C.) 2019 edge-rusher Patrick Godbolt is having an outstanding junior season and starting to draw interest from major programs including Clemson.

Godbolt made an unofficial visit to Clemson last Saturday for the Tigers’ game against Wake Forest. He had been to Clemson as a fan, but the visit marked his first to the school as a prospect.

“I had a great time on the visit,” Godbolt told TCI. “My family had a great time, but I loved the atmosphere of the game and would love to be a part of it one day.”

The visit gave Godbolt an opportunity to meet Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

“He said thanks for coming and that he was glad that I could make it,” Godbolt said.

Godbolt (6-2, 205) has been impressive and disruptive thus far this season. Through five games, he recorded 34 tackles, including 13 for loss, eight sacks, five quarterback hurries and three caused fumbles.

Godbolt said the Tigers are looking at him as a defensive end or outside linebacker. Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and N.C. State are also showing interest.

“I feel that they all like my pass rush,” he said. “Also my strength and speed and quickness.”

Godbolt would love to receive an offer from Clemson in the future, especially as an in-state prospect, and said it would serve as validation for him as a player.

“Just to receive a offer from Clemson would just show me that I am one of the top players in the nation and just that all the hard work is starting to pay off,” he said.

Godbolt has visited South Carolina this season, as well.

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