Decisions to be made

CLEMSON - Had Ben Boulware walked into in a situation like Clemson was dealing with two seasons ago, he would avoid a redshirt.

It wouldn't even been a question if Boulware would play if the Tigers' linebacker depth chart looked similar to the one in 2011. But with three returning starters and plenty of quality depth already on campus before his arrival, whether or not Boulware plays this season is still up in the air.

Already part of the conversation with Stephone Anthony, Spencer Shuey, Quandon Christian, Tony Steward, Kellen Jones and T.J. Burrell, Boulware is making the decision a tough one for Brent Venables.

"I like all of the competition that's going on," Venables said. "I wouldn't say anybody is better than the other, per se. I think that first and second-team and the third-team…through the first six days of camp I've seen a lot of really good football."

Venables went on to describe the seven linebackers as, "tough, physical, can all run [and] have good instincts.

"It's a good group."

Based on Venables comments following Saturday's stadium scrimmage, it appears that Boulware has already helped strengthen it. And it might be too difficult to not play Boulware in 2013.

But, at the same time, it might be smarter to redshirt him.

"I can promise you this," Venables said. "[Boulware's] ready to contribute. At what level? I don't know. If there's an injury, I don't think we'll have any choice."

A few of Boulware's fellow class of 2013 defensive signees will play in the secondary this fall. That was a given all the way back in February.

While most folks have dialed in on Mackensie Alexander and Jayron Kearse, safety Korrin Wiggins has flown a little bit under the radar.

Not any more.

"He's physically mature, likes to play, he's aggressive, has good instincts, ball skills," Venables said. "He's always got a good demeanor to him, got good body language. He's mature for his young age.

"I think we'll find that he'll help us this year. I would expect, if he continues to do what he's been doing."

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