Leonard sees Clemson

Maryland defensive end Ricky Leonard arrived to Clemson on Thursday night and stuck around until Saturday.

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It was the first trip to Tigertown for the 6-foot-7, 250-pound prospect from Middletown High School in Maryland.

"It was great," he told CUTigers on Saturday afternoon.

Rated by Scout.com as a three-star prospect, Leonard is ranked the No. 25 tight end in the country.

"I saw pretty much everything, all the facilities, met with all the coaches. I met with coach [Dabo] Swinney, broke down some film, hung out with some players for the night. I saw everything," he said.

With Swinney, "we were just talking about Clemson and where he thinks that he can take them, lots of stuff."

Leonard was with defensive coordinator Brent Venables for a considerable amount of time.

"I spent a whole day with him," Leonard said.

"He was the one that took me around everywhere, to the indoor facility, meeting rooms, practice field, weight room, stadium, toured around campus, went to the academic center."

Their conversation hit on all sorts of topics.

"Pretty much anything and everything you can think of," Leonard said, "Football and just life. It was a lot. It was a great day."

He wasn't able to see defensive ends coach Marion Hobby until Saturday.

"He wasn't in [Friday], because he was out recruiting. I went [Saturday] morning and sat down with him, broke down some film," Leonard said.

Up next for Leonard is a trip to Florida State, but he's yet to schedule the trip. Along with Florida State and Clemson, Maryland and Tennessee are receiving heavy consideration.

As a junior, Leonard had 67 tackles, 12 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss.

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