Stud junior CB makes first visit

Several of the heavy hitters on the college football landscape have offered this junior cornerback from Alabama who visited Clemson on Saturday.

CB Maurice Smitherman Profile

Clemson is among the 30-plus schools that have offered Maurice Smitherman, a three-star cornerback from Minor High School in Adamsville, Ala.

The No. 35 cornerback in the class of 2015, according to Scout.com, Smitherman made his first trip to Clemson on Saturday to watch the Senior Day game against The Citadel.

"It was a great one. It was one of my best trips so far," he told CUTigers on Sunday.

Plenty stood out to the 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect.

"The atmosphere and how the coaches showed love," Smitherman said. "Me and the coaches have a good relationship. We talked about the education there. That's what I like about their school."

Defensive ends coach Marion Hobby serves as his primary recruiter to Clemson, so they'd met before Saturday. During Smitherman's visit, he spoke with defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive backs coach Mike Reed.

"They were just saying they liked my film, and that I'm explosive and fast. They were saying how they could use me a lot," Smitherman said.

He added, "I liked everything. I liked the stadium, the atmosphere. Of course, it was senior night, so it was a sell-out. That's what I liked."

This season, Smitherman has also visited Florida State, Georgia, Alabama and Ole Miss.

He hopes to narrow his list down by February. A number of factors will be considered over the next couple of months.

"How they did this year, the recruiting class, the atmosphere, the tradition and the relationship I have with the coaches," Smitherman said.

As a junior, Smitherman has 42 tackle, nine tackles for loss, five pass breakups and three interceptions. He scored four touchdowns, two of which were on the offensive side of the ball. One was a pick-6 and the other was a blocked punt recovery.

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