Still with three, for now

SPARTANBURG - In town for the 75th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, D.J. Reader talks about where he stands with Clemson, North Carolina and Maryland.

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CUTigers.com caught up with the three-star prospect from Greensboro's Grimsley High School to see exactly how everything stands.

Earlier in the week, Clemson defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks visited.

"He came to my basketball game and we went out to dinner after that," Reader said. "That was a really good. It was really positive. It was a really good time. He's a good coach."

Brooks, who would be Reader's position coach at Clemson, covered several areas during the trip.

"He was just talking about what the scholarship would cover, how things would work in the football program," Reader said. "We didn't get much into playing time. We talked about how many kids they've recruited with the line, what they're looking for this year, that kind of stuff."

Along with Brooks, Reader shares good relationships with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell and Clemson staffer Jeff Davis.

"Coach Davis actually really good friends with one of my uncles," Reader said. "He's from Greensboro. I talk to him a lot."

He's still waiting to hear from new North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora.

"All of my decision about that place is based on coach [Sam] Pittman. If he leaves, I probably won't go there. I really have a good connection with him as a coach," Reader said.

That relationship with the Tar Heels' current offensive line coach started when Reader was a sophomore.

"Him, as a coach, he's a really nice guy, a really cool guy," Reader said.

He has his doubts as to whether or not Pittman will be kept around by Fedora.

"I've read the blogs, but I haven't gotten a sense from him yet, so I'm waiting to hear from him," Reader said. "I've read that since he's only worked with a pro-style offense -- Fedora uses the spread."

The No. 27 offensive guard in the class of 2012 also shared his thoughts on Maryland.

"They come by the house the other day, coach [Lee] Hull," Reader said. "It's a good school. It's a good location. Being in the D.C. area, there's great connections for after college."


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