Mixing it up with LSU

LSU currently leads for offensive tackle Zach Giella, a junior from Augusta Christian School in Georgia, who will visit Clemson at the end of this month.

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Rated as a three-star by Scout.com, Giella is ranked as the No. 81 offensive tackle in the class of 2015.

Though Clemson already has commitments from Mitch Hyatt [No. 2 OT], Jake Fruhmorgen [No. 9 OT] and Noah Green [No. 60 OT], the Tiger coaches are still actively pursuing Giella.

CUTigers spoke with him on Monday morning about his offer from Clemson.

"It actually happened when we were on our way back from Ole Miss. We were in the van, a whole bunch of the guys and my coach, coach [Chad] Morris started messaging me on Twitter," Giella said.

The chat led to a phone call.

"We talked and he said they're putting together a trained team of offensive linemen this year and he'd like me to be a part of it, anchor it at tackle," Giella said. "He said they're taking the best tackles in the country and he wanted to offer me, because I'm one of the best, so that was really good to hear and I'm very interested in Clemson right now."

The 6-foot-7, 300-pound prospect camped at Clemson last summer.

"I saw the facilties, met the coaches and everything, but I'm going back for an actual visit at the end of this month, on the 29th," he said.

Morris remains in "constant contact" with Giella. Offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell spoke with Giella on Sunday. Dabo Swinney will speak to him on Monday night.

"They're all Godly men and seem like real standup guys," Giella said. "I'm looking forward to building a relationship with them through the recruiting process. I guess they like me and I really like them.

"The facilties are all amazing. Everything about Clemson is really appealing. It's only an hour and something from my house. I really like Clemson so far."

While LSU is currently in the lead, Clemson is beating down the door for that top spot.

"Clemson is coming up there. I don't know if LSU will stay my leader for very long. After this Clemson visit, I'm not really sure what's going to happen," Giella said.

A final decision will be made sometime shortly after that trip to Tigertown with June being the timeframe.

"I've kind of got a top five in my head right now, don't really want to release it anywhere quite yet, but seriously considering Clemson, for sure," Giella said. "They're in my top two or three, for sure. They're a team to seriously consider."

Several factors will be looked at with each school that Giella considers.

"I want a good coaching staff that knows what they're talking about, good guys that can not only help me be a good football player, but a better man. I want to stay decently close to home, so I could see my family," he said. "Good academics is a big point for me. I want to be able to play in one of the major conferences -- ACC, SEC. I want to have good facilities.

"Just a good mix of academics and football, that's probably my main thing, academics and football, and the coaching staff."

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