Whole new experience in Clemson

This junior cornerback 6-3, 180-pound cornerback from one of the top programs in the state of Florida visited Clemson earlier this month.

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Along with Derrick Baity, Tampa's Plant High School had some of its best players in Clemson earlier this month: four-star offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen headlined the bunch. Three-star defensive lineman Kyle Henderson and sophomore quarterback Rex Culpepper were also there.

CUTigers recently caught up with Baity for a review of the visit.

"It was a whole new experience for me, because I'd never been to a college before, so that was my first time ever visiting -- besides USF, because I played a tournament there," he said. "Outside of Florida, I'd never been outside of Florida, so it was a real nice experience to somewhere and travel.

"I liked their campus a lot, [liked] the DB coach, coach [Mike] Reed. And I really connected with their players."

Baity added, "They're a football family. On the campus, the campus is beautiful, from the indoor field, to the dorms, the academic buildings and the stadium. The stadium was the best part."

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"Coach Elliott, he came to a couple of my games and he saw me play. He came to two of my games," Baity said.

Clemson is still evaluating Baity, who holds offers from UCF, USF and Wisconsin.

"I know they're going to come back in the spring and watch me some more," he said. "They want to see how I look. I gained 20 pounds, so they just want to see how I play, if I got faster or slower."

In addition to the Clemson visit, Baity, Henderson and Culpepper also tripped to Tennessee and Wake Forest.

"Tennessee was about the same, except they were more of a town and a college together," Baity said. "Wake Forest was smaller. I thought their campus was cozy. There were no kids, because they were on spring break, so it was kind of dead."

N.C. State, Missouri and FAU are among the other schools that have contacted Baity.

As a junior Baity had 40 tackles, two tackles for loss and three interceptions, one of which was returned 45 yards for a touchdown. He also had nine pass breakups.

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