Ellerbe visiting Saturday

A former Clemson commitment is looking to make his first visit to Tigertown this season when N.C. State comes to town. Could a switch from North Carolina be in order?

S Brandon Ellerbe Profile

Clemson defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks hit Wadesboro, N.C. two weeks ago to see Anson County High School seniors Brandon Ellerbe and Stephone Anthony.

A couple of days before the game, Ellerbe and Brooks spoke over the phone. Ellerbe recently caught up with CUTigers about that conversation.

"He was talking to me about school, what was going on," he said. "He was asking me about my season all that. He was talking to me about becoming a man after I graduate from high school, talking about making the right decision."

Former high school teammate Tra Thomas is redshirting during his first-year at Clemson. The defensive tackle was back at home this past Friday to watch his former team play.

"I hung out with him," Ellerbe said. "He was telling me he was going to let me talk to some people. One person he said was DeAndre McDaniel. That's one person he said he was going to get me to talk to."

Ellerbe remains committed to North Carolina, but said that could change if the NCAA hammer drops in Chapel Hill.

"I'm not really trying to check out anything until my official visits. I'm not going to take those until my season is over, though," he said.

Ellerbe would like to take official visits to Clemson, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia and possibly Virginia Tech.

"I haven't planned any officials," he said. "I'm going to wait until the Shrine Bowl comes out. If I make the Shrine Bowl, I won't take any officials until after that."

As a senior, Ellerbe has 18 rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns. On defense, he has a pair of interceptions, plus 15 tackles.

The 2011 prospect is currently rated three stars by Scout.com.

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