'12 OG impressed with Clemson visit

On Saturday's junior day, Clemson hosted a starter from the inaugural Georgia Junior Bowl.

OG Jacob Southerland Profile

Whitefield Academy (Mableton, GA.) junior Jacob Southerland has visited twice on game day and stopped for a day at the Dabo Swinney Football Camp. He watched Clemson play N.C. State in 2010 and Virginia in 2009.

"It's a great stadium [Death Valley]. The fans are wild. It's a really cool place on Saturdays, but that's only what I'll be doing half of the time—Saturdays," Southerland told CUTigers. "This week really gave me a chance to look into Clemson, figure on what's going on outside of football. I liked it a lot."

Getting to know several of the Tigers' coaches was the best part of his visit on Saturday.

Southerland spent some time with special teams coordinator/tight ends/offensive tackles coach Danny Pearman, who is friends with Whitefield head coach Jimmy Fields.

"I played ping pong with coach Pearman," Southerland said. "It was all just really getting to know him, rather than him saying, ‘Hi. I'm coach Pearman. It's good to meet you.'"

"He was telling stories about coach, just asking me how I was doing with rades and all that good stuff."

The guard is also hearing from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Nebraska, North Carolina, Central Florida, Auburn and Alabama.

He'll attend Wake Forest's junior day in February. Trips to North Carolina and Tennessee could be made—Georgia and Central Florida, too. If it's OK with his dad, he'd like to see Nebraska.

Southerland, whose school plays in the 1-A ranks, played in the Georgia Junior Bowl, which also featured players from many of the big boys in Georgia high school football.

"I was hanging in there with those guys. I started. I started over a kid that goes to Walton. That's a big school right there. I was blocking a guy that goes to Lowndes," he said.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele recruits Southerland's area of Georgia.

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