CB Darius Slayton Profile
Running backs coach Tony Elliott recruits the area for Clemson. Defensive backs coach Mike Reed also has a role in Slayton's recruitment.
"Coach Elliott and coach Reed both contacted me through social media and requested that I give them a call, so I gave them a ring. I called coach Reed and coach Reed extended the offer during the conversation," Slayton recently told CUTigers.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect has never visited Clemson, so he hasn't had much face time with either of the two assistants.
"They came down in the fall, came down to our school, so I'd met them before," Slayton said. "I met coach Elliott twice. I've spoken with him a couple of different occasions."
A trip up to Clemson could be in the works.
"I'd love to get up there at some point eventually, but I just don't know when," he said.
Slayton most recent visit was to Auburn for a practice last month. He has no plans to hit the road anytime soon.
With offers from across the ACC and SEC, Slayton has plenty of options. And, for now, they're all on the table.
"I'm kind of knocking my list down a little bit. It's a little tough, because I see new faces and get new opportunities every week," he said. "I'm just trying to let my list go as long as it can, then try to narrow it down after that, but when I stop getting outstanding offers, I'll just knock my list down from what I have."
A number of factors will be considered as he continues through the process.
"Position-wise, a good school, academically, it's a good school and the coaches, how they are as people, getting a feel for the coaches, seeing if they're people I could deal with for four years," Slayton said. "Those would be some big factors. And, also, comfort, just being comfortable with everything."
Some schools have offered as an athlete. Others, including Clemson, like him at cornerback. Slayton isn't sure which position he would prefer to play when he gets to college.
"In the past I've been an offensive guy. After starting to go through the process…I kind of had a lot to do with defense, so I'm not opposed to defense," Slayton said." Right now, I can't give a for sure answer on which side of the ball I'd like to play at the next level, but I'll probably make that decision sometime in the summer or the fall once I get into my senior season."
On offense, he caught 31 catches for 940 yards and eight touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 12 tackles and an interception.
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