SC's top TE visits Clemson

A longtime Clemson fan, who just so happens to rank as the state's top tight end in the class of 2012, was in Tigertown Saturday for his first game of the season.

TE Justin Meredith Profile

Junior tight end Justin Meredith lives right around the corner from Clemson in the Electric City of Anderson, where he attends T.L. Hanna High School.

"I grew up a Clemson fan. Everything in my room is Clemson, or was Clemson," he recently told CUTigers.

But Saturday's Georgia Tech game was the first game he's seen in Death Valley this season.

Back when the process started, Meredith promised himself that he wouldn't get tunnel vision on the recruiting trail.

So far this season, he's visited N.C. State, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

"I'm not somebody who wants to commit somewhere and then de-commit. I'm a man of my word. When I commit, I want it to be the place that I want to go to college," Meredith said. "I made a promise to myself that I would look really in-depth at these schools before I made a decision.

"If the Clemson offer came, I don't know what I'd do. I'd probably wait, just to make sure that was the right decision."

One school has already offered, though.

South Carolina.

"If you asked me about a year-and-a-half ago, ‘Would Carolina be at the top of your list?' It wouldn't even be a question. The answer would have been, ‘No.' They're certainly at the top of the list because they're the only ones that have offered," Meredith said.

He's also keeping Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina in mind with the in-state schools.

"They're all right in the same ballpark," Meredith said.

His experience at Memorial Stadium on Saturday was a good one.

"I liked it. First off, Clemson played very well. I was glad to see that. As the trip went, it went real well. I got to talk to a couple of coaches. It was a good visit," Meredith said.

He had one-on-one chats with recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Jeff Scott and tight ends/offensive tackles coach Danny Pearman.

"The conversation with coach Scott was very brief. Glad to be here—all of that stuff," Meredith said. "Me and coach Pearman talked about how my season is going and how their season is going. We talked about how he's been watching some of my game film and he's very impressed. He talked about how he wants to get me up to Clemson more often, to see some more games."

This season, Meredith has 15 catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

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