Preferential treatment

SPARTANBURG - Socastee senior Hunter Renfrow has an invitation to join the Clemson football team next year as a walk-on wide receiver.

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Dabo Swinney invited Renfrow to be a preferred walk-on after a strong showing at camp in June.

"I think that I have that for as long as I want to, January, probably. That's when I'm going to make my decision," Renfrow told CUTigers on Tuesday, after that morning's Shrine Bowl practice.

"They're not really rushing anything. They said, if anything, I'm their guy. So, they're not really going after anybody else, as of right now."

It's a nice option to have for the longtime Clemson fan with a brother and sister who are already in school there.

"It definitely is a lot less stressful knowing, if everything else failed, I could always go there and try to contribute," Renfrow said. "It's an honor."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect has other several other options, including scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Gardner-Webb, PC, Charleston Southern and Wofford. If Renfrow doesn't accept the Clemson offer to walk-on, he'll be a Mountaineer.

There's plenty of upside to signing with Appalachian State.

"The money and, also, they're graduating a bunch of [wide receivers]…they have three coming back, one is a preferred walk-on and they play with three or four, so that's playing time early," Renfrow said.

Former Clemson graduation assistant Justin Stepp, who's now the wide receivers coach at Appalachian State, is heading up Renfrow's recruitment to Boone.

"When he went to Clemson, he was working the camp. He saw me and they offered me a couple of weeks after [camp]," Renfrow said.

As a senior at Socastee, Renfrow had 1,500 yards rushing and 850 yards passing with a total of 27 touchdowns.

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