In-state standout enjoyed ‘everything’ about Clemson

In-state standout enjoyed ‘everything’ about Clemson

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In-state standout enjoyed ‘everything’ about Clemson

An intriguing in-state prospect that grew up a fan of the Tigers made his first game-day visit to Clemson last weekend.

Dillon (S.C.) 2019 defensive end Shamar McCollum attended the Tigers’ win over Florida State in Death Valley.

“I really enjoyed the visit,” McCollum told The Clemson Insider. “Really everything (stood out) like the way the coaches interact with the players, the atmosphere, the fans and the campus.”

McCollum was also wowed by Clemson’s football operations facility.

“It’s very nice,” he said. “I think they got the best one in college football.”

McCollum, who was among the standout performers at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June, caught up with defensive line coach Todd Bates during the visit.

“He said they will keep looking over my film and stay in touch,” McCollum said.

McCollum (6-4, 200) has done nothing but produce over the past two seasons. As a junior this season, he has tallied 89 tackles, nine sacks and four pass deflections for a Dillion team that is 12-0 entering the third round of the Class 3A South Carolina state playoffs on Friday. Last season, McCollum registered 80 tackles and 15 sacks.

Appalachian State was first to offer in the spring before Duke followed with an offer over the summer. Coastal Carolina extended his latest offer this month, while Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Wake Forest and South Carolina are showing interest along with Clemson.

McCollum hopes to earn an offer from his childhood favorite team moving forward.

“An offer from Clemson would mean a lot,” he said, “knowing I could go to a great school with a great atmosphere and wonderful facility.”

McCollum has also visited Duke this season. He is ranked as a top-10 prospect in South Carolina for the class of 2019.

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