Norton, McLaughlin see Caldwell

Clemson signee Ryan Norton was in town on Monday with high school teammate Jonathan McLaughlin.

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The Mauldin High School offensive linemen were in town to watch the Tigers' second practice of the spring. CUTigers spoke to both after their afternoon in Tigertown.

"I was real impressed," Norton said, when asked for his impressions of offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell. "He's a pretty funny guy. He was also getting after them and works them to make them better."

Norton compared Caldwell and former offensive guards and centers coach Brad Scott, who played an important role in securing his commitment last May.

"They both get after you during practice," Norton said. "I think they're a lot alike, personality-wise. I see a lot of similarities, and a lot of things different, at the same time."

McLaughlin, a 2012 offensive line prospect who claims offers from Wake Forest and East Carolina, enjoyed seeing Caldwell in action.

"He's a really good coach. He's not a coach that yells. He makes sure that you get the point. You can learn a lot from him, too," McLaughlin said.

He originally planned to watch Clemson's first spring practice and also had a trip to South Carolina scheduled for Saturday, but was unable to make either visit.

Monday was the first time he'd seen Clemson in action on the practice field.

"It was a really good practice…plus they've got the new offense going, and they're running," McLaughlin said. "Dalton Freeman was a beast. He was really good on the offensive line. He's a leader. I was watching him and his quick feet."

Trips to Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, East Carolina and Clemson are on deck later this month. The Demon Deacons and Pirates both have offered McLaughlin.

Norton, on the other hand, is counting down the days until his summer enrollment at Clemson. Right now, he splits his time between lifting weights, which he does four times a week, and throwing the shot put and discus on the Mauldin track team.


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