Final countdown for Reader

In less than two weeks, this three-star defender will begin his all-important official visit to Clemson. He's also begun to zero in on a decision date.

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D.J. Reader, a 6-foot-3, 330-pound senior defensive tackle prospect from Greensboro's Grimsley High School continues to list the same three finalists.

"Everything's still the same with Clemson, Maryland and [North] Carolina," Reader told CUTigers this weekend.

At the Shrine Bowl, Reader said his plans for North Carolina would hinge on whether or not Sam Pittman was kept around by newly hired head coach Larry Fedora. Though Pittman was not retained, Reader will still give the Tar Heels a chance.

"I know that no bond I have is going to be as good as the one I had with coach Pittman," Reader said. "I'm just trying to build one within two weeks. That's kind of tough right now, but that's what I'm really working on…that way I have a fair chance for all of [the finalists]."

The No. 17 offensive guard in the class of 2012 has two official trips left to take. After his Jan. 20-22 stop in Tigertown, he'll head to Chapel Hill the following weekend. He's already made the official to Maryland

What's he looking forward to with the Clemson official?

"I'm looking forward to talking to the baseball coaches, just seeing the academics and hanging out with the players," Reader said.

The opportunity to play baseball at the next level is also an important part of his decision-making process. As a junior, Reader finished with a 3-1 record and a 1.50 ERA. He also hit over .500.

There's been a "little bit, but not much" contact between Reader and the Clemson baseball coaching staff.

A decision will "probably" be announced on signing day.

As a senior, Reader had 70 tackles and 12 sacks. He also rushed for over 450 yards with six touchdowns. Top Stories