State's leader in picks visits Clemson

State's leader in picks visits Clemson


State's leader in picks visits Clemson


By Hale McGranahan.

K.J. Chamberlain, who led the state in interceptions last fall, visited Clemson earlier this month for Junior Day.

The junior defensive back from Greenwood-Emerald finished the 2014 season with 14 interceptions. He also recorded 54 tackles, eight pass breakups and blocked four punts.

TheClemsonInsider caught up with the 6-2, 190-pound prospect after the trip.

“I had a very good time,” Chamberlain said. “It was great.”

He added, “Just being with the coaches, they just made you feel like you were family there.”

Among the coaches, Chamberlain spent the most time with defensive backs coach Mike Reed.

“He was saying how they might move me to another position, like playing corner, something like that,” Chamberlain said. “He said they could move me to another position, just because of my size and how my film looked.”

Primarily a safety last season, he lined up at cornerback, to match up with bigger wide receivers.

“I’ve played a little corner in high school here, before I moved to safety, so I would be looking forward to it,” Chamberlain said.

In addition to his trip to Clemson, he’s also been to Wake Forest this year. The junior day visit to Louisville was scratched because of winter weather.

“Wake Forest invited me to come back to their camp in the summer. Of course, I’ll be attending Clemson and Carolina’s camps,” Chamberlain said.

Miami of Ohio and Charlotte offered this week. As the offers continue to roll in, Chamberlain will keep an eye on a couple of factors.

“Just keeping focused with the coaches and how they interact with me, just how they make me feel towards them, how they introduce me to the team and things like that, those details,” Chamberlain said.

Along with his work on the defensive side of the ball, he finished his junior season with five receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns and six kick returns for 173 yards.

According to 247, Chamberlain is rated with three stars and is ranked as the No. 96 cornerback in the class of 2016.


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