The Marlboro County High School senior outside linebacker told CUTigers that Steele was in for an in-home visit midway through last week.
"I want to say it was Wednesday," Townsend said. "He just explained the academics and everything how it was...what Clemson has to offer—those type things."
Michigan State, Tennessee and LSU have also been by the school and through his home.
This season, he racked up over 120 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
It's the team's record that's more important to him. Marlboro County finished 5-6.
"I don't look at my stats. I play for the team," Townsend said. "If we win the game, I feel like I did my job well. If I only had one tackle and we win the game, I feel like I did my job. That's what I've always looked at.
"We won five games. I'd rate myself at about a 50 percent, overall."
Townsend has three official visits left. None have been scheduled. Above, he's at Clemson on unofficial visit for the South Carolina game. (Roy Philpott)
Townsend shared a few thoughts on each trip.
"The trip was pretty good. I got to see how they do things. That was my first time out there. It was all about me seeing what it was like."
Townsend said he's been recruited by Lane Kiffin since he was at Tennessee.
"I talk to them pretty much every day, through e-mail and calls. There's always been contact. That's one school that I'm in contact with the most. It's always one of the coaches getting in touch with me, or I'm getting in touch with them."
USC-East: The South Carolina trip went pretty good. They really treated me good. I got to talk to coach [Steve] Spurrier and coach [Ellis] Johnson. They told me it was real critical that they get me and they need linebackers. They told me that I didn't need to leave the state and play. Everything I needed, I could get it right there."
For now, he doesn't have any other official visits scheduled. He took a few unofficial visits during the season, including one to Clemson for the South Carolina game.
What about favorites?
"No favorites," Townsend said.
Next week, the state's top-rated linebacker will be playing the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
"The main thing I'm excited about is to have a part of something that has to do with kids," he said. "The main thing the Shrine Bowl is to raise money. I appreciate that I can be a part of something good like that."