Tigers Now Among Leaders for Spiller

CUTigers.com caught up with 5-star running back C.J. Spiller at the conclusion of his official visit to Clemson. Do the Tigers have a shot? Read on to find out!

The verdict is in: 5-star running back C.J. Spiller had a great time on his official visit to Clemson.

So great, that he now lists Clemson among his top schools in the recruiting process.

"It went good. I'd give the visit a nine," he said when asked to rate the visit on a scale of one to 10. "It was just the people there in Clemson. It's a college town. It really was wonderful.

"Most of the time they just showed me around the campus and everything. I spent a lot time with J.D. (James Davis). They went over the offense and I can tell you I think I'd fit well into it. The also showed me the new facilities. Everything went well."

When asked if he was ready to name a leader, Spiller responded, "I really don't have a leader just yet, but Clemson is up there in the top two."

What other school joins Clemson among his leaders? "That would either be Southern Cal or Florida," responded Spiller, who declined to be more specific.

Spiller, who is being recruited to Clemson by Dabo Swinney, is also talking to several of the Tigers' other verbal commitments concerning his decision.

"Yeah I've talked to Ricky [Sapp] a good bit. Saturday while he was at the basketball game [in Clemson] I talked to him a good bit. I didn't talk to him while I was at Clemson though."

Spiller also said the following about his main recruiter to Clemson, Dabo Swinney: "He is funny. He is a nice guy. He is down to earth. I also talked with Coach Spence and Coach Burns."

The 5-star back has already visited Southern California and Florida officially. He also has visits scheduled to Florida State and Miami in the coming weeks.

"I'm still planning on visiting both of those schools," he said.

Another factor that could help Clemson's chances is Spiller's teammate, LB Kevin Alexander. Alexander verbally committed to the Tigers last night in an in-home visit.

"Yeah I actually talked to him yesterday. He told me he was going to commit [to Clemson]," Spiller said.

Finally, Spiller talked about the Tigers' WestZone project: "It is going to be real nice when they finish it up. That was impressive to me," he said.

The Tigers will also be able to make one last sales pitch in the coming weeks as Spiller expects head coach Tommy Bowden to make an in-home visit in the near future.

Spiller came to Clemson Sunday just hours after completing an official visit to Florida. However, his last visit, which is expected to be to Florida State on Jan. 27, has many thinking he'll end up playing college football in Tallahassee.

Not so, according to Spiller.

"They'll all get a fair chance," he told GatorCountry.com before arriving in Clemson. "And once they've all visited, we'll make the choice. I wouldn't say it matters who gets in the last visit. They'll all have a fair chance."


C.J. Spiller at the U.S. Army All-American Game earlier in January.

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