4-star DE impressed with Clemson trip

Clelin Ferrell, 4-star defensive end and Clemson commitment, just finished his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and came away very impressed with the Clemson coaching staff.

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Ferrell, who was hosted by Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson and linebacker Dorian O'Daniel, could not single out any one individual coach who he connected with the most on the visit, pointing out Marion Hobby, Brent Venables and Dabo Swinney.

"Those guys really know what they're talking about. I really like Coach Venables' intensity and humility," he said.

Clemson could be in need of some young talent to be ready to play due to graduation losses on the defensive side of the ball. For now, Ferrell has a long way to go until he will be ready to contribute. The senior defensive end tore his right ACL prior to his senior season and did not play this past year.

Still, Ferrell is anticipating big things.

"The rehab process is going great. I'm four months out of surgery. By the time I get to campus in August I expect to be 100%. I want to compete for playing time," said Ferrell.

Ferrell also understands that the change from high school to college will be big, but he wants to "look up to the seniors to make the transition easier" as he moves forward coming off off the injury.

Several players among the 2015 commitment class specifically stood out to Ferrell on his visit. He cited having a good relationship with Austin Bryant, Sterling Johnson, Garrett Williams and Tanner Muse.

However, Ferrell didn't offer any additional insight into Muse's impending decision about whether to move forward with the MLB Draft or come to Clemson to play football. Ferrell laughed off the question saying, "I don't know. That's a tough one. You'll have to ask him."

One final visitor Ferrell talked about was Clemson target and former South Carolina commit Mark Fields. Speaking of the 4-star cornerback's time on campus, Ferrell said, "I know his family really liked it, and he really liked it."

Ferrell is rated four stars by Scout.com and is ranked as the No. 20 defensive end in the country.

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