Dabo goes 1-on-1 with Bama pledge

Even though his allegiance changed some time ago, Dabo Swinney understands why a highly recruited football prospect would commit to Alabama.

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The former Alabama wide receiver who is approaching his fifth full season as Clemson head coach. And despite being all in with the Tigers, Swinney hasn't tried to sway one of the Crimson Tide's 2015 commitments.

He had the chance to do that on Wednesday afternoon when a group from Carver High School [Columbus, Ga.] was on the Clemson campus for camp.

Among the prospects was defensive end Mekhi Brown, who committed to Alabama in April. As Brown stood on the sidelines in a Crimson Tide t-shirt and 49er hat, his teammates went through camp exercises.

Swinney had a perfect opening to make his pitch.

"[Swinney] was just like, the decision I made, as long as I'm cool with it -- just live your life and don't think what other people are going to say," Brown told CUTigers on Thursday. "He's an Alabama alumnus, too. He was just telling me I've always got a place at Clemson.

"He told me, if anything changes with Alabama, I could always go to Clemson."

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound prospect appreciated that.

"He wasn't pushing me. He told me to make the best decision," Brown said.

There's some interest in Clemson. Enough for him to change plans for signing day in February of 2015?

Only time will tell. One thing is certain -- Brown likes the direction of Swinney's program.

"They're improving. They're definitely one of the top three teams to win the whole thing this year. That's definitely something to look at," Brown said.

Clemson isn't the only school Brown has seen this week. He and the rest of the Carver contingent, which included Jawon Pass, Khane Pass, Kiante Walton, Josh Curry and Talik Quarterman, visited Tennessee on Thursday. Camp is on Friday. Before heading back home to Columbus, they'll visit UNC.

Brown plans to visit Alabama "two or three more times" before the end of summer.

As a sophomore, he had 40 tackles, nine sacks, four pass breakups and four forced fumbles.

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