Tigers Hold Lead for Upstate DT

With national signing day in the rearview mirror, the attention has quickly turned to the 2008 class. The good news for Clemson fans is one of the top defensive linemen in South Carolina continues to list the Tigers as his leader. CUTigers.com has the latest in this recruiting update.

DT Arterio Arnold Profile

Greenville High standout David Smith signed with the Clemson Tigers on Wednesday and his good friend and teammate Arterio Arnold was there to take it all in.

"It was good," Arnold told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "I spoke with his family and everything. I kind of envisioned myself up there signing with Clemson."

According to Arnold, interest has increased for the talented defender over the past few weeks.

Which schools have are showing the most interest right now?

"South Carolina has just started showing interest. I am also hearing from Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Colorado, Wake Forest and Auburn," replied Arnold.

"I am going to visit Georgia next weekend. I am going down for the day that Saturday."

The Clemson staff stopped by in late January to check on David Smith and to talk with the Greenville coaches about Arnold.

"Coach Bowden came by to see David. Coach Blackwell also came by a few times."

When asked about his current leader, Arnold responded, "It looks like Clemson is at the top."

Future Tiger offensive lineman David Smith has been working hard to get his teammate to join him at Clemson.

"He sure is," said Arnold. "He said if I don't go to Clemson he is going to beat me up. I am bigger than him, but he is taller. We are kind of like family. We hang out together a lot."

The Greenville High standout was also a frequent visitor to Death Valley last fall. Expect to see him back later this year, but he also insists wants to see some other schools.

"I was there almost every game," he added. "I only went to one other place and that was Wake Forest. I want to see some other schools this year also. I will be there on Labor Day."

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