Venables offers OLB from Bama

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables offered three-star outside linebacker Amonte Caban during a conversation over the phone on Monday afternoon.

OLB Amonte Caban Profile

A 6-2, 210-pound outside linebacker from Smiths Station High School in Alabama, Caban already had offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State and South Carolina when Clemson jumped aboard.

Caban told CUTigers that evening that he was surprised when Venables told him that the Tigers were going to offer.

"Before then, I had talked to them a couple of times over social media, but it wasn't too much," Caban said. "I called him and we talked a good little bit and he offered me while I was on the phone with. But, yeah, it did take me by surprise."

What did Venables have to say?

"He's looking for nasty guys. He likes the way I play the game. He said I'm very explosive and violent. He said that's exactly what he's looking for."

How familiar is Caban with the Clemson program?

"I know they're pretty good. I think they've been 10-4 the last two years. That's just pretty much it. I watch them all the time. [Venables] said they're getting new facilties up there."

Scout.com rates Caban as a three-star prospect and ranks him the No. 32 outside linebacker in the class of 2015.

"[Venables] probably wanted me more as an outside linebacker, because he talked a lot about my tackling in space, so probably more of an outside linebacker," Caban said.

A trip to Tigertown is in the works.

"I'm going up there sometime in the beginning of June, maybe sometime in the first or second week, sometime during that time," Caban said.

South Carolina, Mississippi State, Auburn and UAB hosted him for visits this spring. He plans to return to Columbia, Starkville and Birmingham later this summer. Louisville and Kentucky will also get visits.

As a junior, Caban had 140 tackles [75 solo, 65 assists], 11 tackles for loss, three sacks and a fumble recovery.

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