Talking with Townsend

One of the top in-state outside linebackers in the class of 2011 spent time in Clemson for the Tigers' most recent home game.

OLB Lateek Townsend Profile

CUTigers recently caught up with Marlboro County High School senior outside linebacker Lateek Townsend to talk about the trip to Tigertown and his most recent visit.

"It was a pretty good game," he said of the Clemson/Miami game. "When I got there, it was already kickoff. I couldn't really see much of the game, because I got there and it was late. I couldn't find a seat, because it was real packed. I ended up going to sit with a couple of friends I knew there, and just watched the game."

After the game, Townsend was able to catch up with defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. Townsend's main recruiter at Clemson—and would-be position coach—spent a few moments one-on-one with the Scout.com four-star ranked, No. 11 rated outside linebacker.

"Basically, he just said he was glad to have me down. That's basically all he said, because he had to get down to the media," Townsend said. "He was glad to have me down, that sort of thing. It wasn't really anything he hadn't already said to me."

He was in Columbia this past weekend for South Carolina's upset win over previously No. 1 ranked Alabama.

"After the game, all the players came out of the tunnel. Marcus Lattimore and C.C. Whitlock were telling me, ‘We need you here.' They were showing me a lot of love," Townsend said. "They just said that they've been picking things up."

As a junior, he had 189 tackles, 14 sacks and 11 interceptions.

Townsend hasn't scheduled any other trips for the fall, nor did he offer a list of favorites.

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