Four-star OT returns to Clemson

Ben Cleveland, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive tackle from Stephens County High School in Toccoa, Ga., visited Clemson on Saturday for Junior Day.

OT Ben Cleveland Profile

Joined by his parents, it was Cleveland's first trip to Clemson since the fall, when he came up for the Georgia and Florida State games.

Dabo Swinney, Robbie Caldwell and Tony Elliott all spoke with the four-star prospect.

"They were all real friendly. They talked about my grades and all that. It wasn't as much of an individual, but I still talked to coach Caldwell a bunch during the basketball game that we went to. We didn't really talk about football that much, it was more just about me, myself and what I like to do," Cleveland told CUTigers on Saturday night.

He went in depth about the rest of the trip.

"We toured the Vickery building, we watched just a little bit of the practice. We didn't get to watch much of it, but we watched 25-30 minutes of it," Cleveland said.

What stood out?

"Probably the academics, their academic program is something coach Swinney stressed a lot about when he was in the meeting. I think they've got one of the best academic programs -- for college football -- in the nation."

This trip was a little different than his first two to Clemson.

"The first two times I went up there, it wasn't really a 1-on-1 with the coaches and all that. It was more of a just, kind of a general meeting with everybody," Cleveland said. "[Saturday] was more of a 1-on-1. I got a chance to talk with coach Swinney for a little bit at the game. Coach Elliott, the coach that's recruiting me, we talked a good bit during lunch.

"It was a lot more personal this time than when I went to the games."

Though Cleveland holds offers from Clemson, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, he has no list of favorites.

"Right now, it's still too early, because I've got two more years of it, to take everything in," he said. "I'm not putting that as my top priority. I'm thinking about it as I go, but I'm not putting anybody at the top just yet."

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