ON LOCATION: Dexter Wideman

SALUDA, S.C. - By the time he signs in February of 2014, Dexter Wideman could be one of the top defensive tackles in the country.

DT Dexter Wideman Profile

Saluda High School head coach Doug Painter can't help but marvel at Wideman's potential.

"Dexter has always been the big-man on campus. He's always had the physique and been fast for his size -- all those kind of things," Painter told CUTigers at Saluda earlier this month.

Painter added, "He's always been able to just man-handle people."

Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, Alabama, Michigan and North Carolina are among the schools that stopped by the school this spring during the evaluation period.

Wideman made a few stops of his own during the spring.

"I went to Clemson four times. I went for their Junior Day, the spring game and for one of their spring practices," he said.

This summer, Wideman hopes to hit several camps, but he's still working on a list of schools he wants to hit.

So far, three schools have offered -- Clemson, South Carolina and Michigan.

The Wolverines offered in May.

"It was a big shock," Wideman said.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound rising junior has no favorites. For now, he's "wide-open."

Two factors will be considered as Wideman moves further along with the process.

"I want to make sure that I have a good relationship with my coaches. I just want it to feel like home," he said.

As a sophomore, Wideman had 61 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

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