Highly sought after DT hits Clemson

Sterling Johnson, the three-star defensive tackle from Cleveland High School in Clayton, N.C., has started to put together a rather impressive offer sheet. On Saturday, he made the trip down to Clemson for their first Junior Day of the year.

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Johnson was one of several big-time prospects that spent that afternoon in Tigertown.

"I liked it a lot. I really liked the family-oriented presence that people were constantly raving about. I feel as if I caught a glimpse of it yesterday when I visited," he told CUTigers on Sunday afternoon, after wrapping up a visit to N.C. State for Junior Day.

Listed by Scout.com as the No. 20 defensive tackle in the class of 2015, Johnson has offers from Clemson, Florida, FSU, N.C. State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

"I also took away how everybody down there treats each other and how the town feels about the Clemson football team," Johnson said about the Clemson Junior Day.

His first visit to Clemson was in the fall for The Citadel game. He'll go to Virginia Tech next weekend. Next month, he'll visit South Carolina and Wake Forest. A trip to UNC for the basketball game against Duke could be in the cards.

"I've got my options open right now, but because of the way I've seen it, with all these offers I'm getting and how high scale they are, it's hard to pick out a certain one that I think is standing out right now," Johnson said.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound prospect will take his time with the decision.

"If I make the Under Armour All-American game, which is my ultimate goal for this year, then that's when I'll commit right there," Johnson said. "If I don't, then I'll probably commit right after my senior season."

Several factors will be considered over the next 10-11 months.

"Some things I'll really take notice two are, A -- the atmosphere of the town," he said. "Another thing I'll take notice to, how everybody is. The way they interact with each other, I think, is the most appropriate way to put it, and the game day environment."

As a junior, Johnson had 80 tackle, 51 tackles for loss, eight sacks and three forced fumbles.

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