Hot on the trail

College coaches have been flocking to Saluda to check in on a few prospects, one of which is four-star defensive tackle Dexter Wideman.

DT Dexter Wideman Profile

National programs like Ohio State, LSU and Notre Dame are among the many that have stopped by. So have the instate schools, Clemson and South Carolina.

"I don't remember when they came, but they did," Wideman said, when asked about Clemson.

It's understandable when you're a wanted man like Wideman. For four weeks, wave after wave of college recruiters hit the halls at Saluda High Schools.

Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan and Ole Miss have offered. So have the instate schools.

Clemson sent defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks to the school.

"My coach just told me he was there," Wideman said.

This spring, Wideman hit the road for trips to Clemson and South Carolina.

He was in Tigertown for the Orange and White spring game.

"I talked to all the coaches. We went to the new indoor field and I watched the game. I had a good day," Wideman said.

His trip to Columbia was for one of the Gamecocks' practices.

"I was just watching them practice, then took a little tour on campus," Wideman said.

A few official visit destinations are already in mind for the No. 17 defensive tackle in the country.

"Florida State, Alabama, LSU, Florida," he said.

There are no favorites, but he does have a timeframe for a decision.

"I may do it sometime during region, but I'm not really sure yet," Wideman said.

Several factors will be considered.

"I just want to make sure that I feel comfortable there, make sure I have good relationship with the coaches, make sure I fit in to their style of defense. I just want to feel like I'm at home," Wideman said.

As a junior, he had 64 tackles and seven sacks.

As a sophomore, Wideman recorded 61 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Top Stories