Clemson makes cut for 4-star RB

This four-star running back talks about his top five schools, including Clemson, in this detailed report.

Bayside High (Virginia Beach, Va.) four-star running back Taquan Mizzell still wants to make his college decision before his senior season, and the next move in reaching that is trimming his list.

While competing in the New Level Athletics Elite 7-on-7 during the weekend at Brooklyn's Aviator Sports Park, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Mizzell said he wants to get to a to five shortly.

"I'm going to trim in a couple of weeks, maybe a week," said Mizzell, who mentioned a few schools he expected to make the list. "Virginia, West Virginia, Clemson and maybe Ohio State. Maybe I'll (cut to) five."

In addition to those four schools, Mizzell is also considering Notre Dame, Miami, Illinois, North Carolina State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

"I want somewhere I could feel at home," he said, "coaches I can feel comfortable around, a great environment, a (great) education and playing time.

"I want to get it done before the season. This upcoming week we have a dead period. We have nothing going on. We have no sports going on so I will try to (schedule) something then."

The only schools Mizzell visited were Virginia, where he went for Junior Day, and Virginia Tech, which was for a camp.

"I haven't been anywhere else," he said. "It's very important (to see other schools). I can't make my decision if I haven't seen the school. I have to go see the schools if I'm considering them."

One school trying to push into the elite group is Notre Dame, which continues to recruit running backs for the 2013 class. His contact is tight ends coach Scott Booker, but he said he has not talked much with running backs coach Tony Alford.

"I like Notre Dame," Mizzell said. "Their coach, we always stay in contact. He sends me messages on Facebook. It's a good relationship with Notre Dame."

Perhaps the best relationship, though, belongs to Virginia's staff, and most notably coach Mike London.

"It's a pretty good relationship with myself and Virginia," Mizzell said. "I've been there a few times and I've got a great relationship with coach Mike London, and I know a few players up there."

"(London) is just not all about football. Sometimes when you go places, it is strictly about football. They just want to talk about football. He's talking about life, making you a better person on the field and off the field."

Mizzell said having West Virginia and Clemson visit his school twice during the spring demonstrated their interest levels. In turn, he is paying more attention to them.

"(With West Virginia), it's just my relationship with the running backs coach (Robert Gillespie) and my recruiting coach," he said. "I've been talking to them, and plus they came to see me a couple of times at the school.

"Clemson, they're showing a lot of love. I talk to the offensive coordinator (Chad Morris) and the running backs coach. They both came down to see me, so I was very impressed by that."

Although Mizzell is yet to set up any unofficial visits this month, Ohio State is high on his must-see list.

"I'm going to try to get out there," Mizzell said. "(Assistant) coach Zach Smith and myself, we have a very good relationship. Plus, UVA and Ohio State are the few schools where I've had a conversation with the head coach. I talk to coach London and (Ohio State) coach Urban Meyer."

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