Contact with Clemson

In the last two recruiting cycles, Clemson has signed a prospect from Durham's Hillside High School. Up next in 2015 is three-star offensive tackle Emanuel McGirt.

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However, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect is still waiting on an offer from the Tigers. He was scheduled to visit Clemson for February's Elite Junior Day, but was unable to attend.

"At first, I really had a lot of interest in them, and I still do -- don't get me wrong. They just really want me to come down and really visit before they offer me," McGirt told CUTigers, during a recent interview.

"I guess they want the whole coaching staff to size me up and all that good stuff."

Offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell serves as Clemson primary recruiter.

"It's been on and off," McGirt said about his contact with Clemson.

Caldwell, of course, has been through Hillside on several occasions within the last few months.

"He just told me about coming to Junior Day, [Caldwell] wanted everybody to see [my] film. I haven't really had a lot of contact with them," McGirt said.

So far, Duke, East Carolina, N.C. State, UNC, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia have offered.

He'll visit South Carolina on Mar. 29 and Virginia Tech on Apr. 5. Last weekend, he visited Duke and N.C. State. UNC hosted him for the basketball game against Duke.

"No favorites," McGirt said. "I know a couple of offers will come soon from some schools. They basically told me they want to see my transcript and they'd offer me.

"I'll probably cut-down my list in March, something like that."

A few factors will be considered.

"Coaching staff is a big deal for me, relationships, if I have a relationship with the coach, academics are definitely [important]. I want to be sure I get a decent education for when football is over," McGirt said.

His final decision could come by the end of summer.

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