Tigers Check On 2009 4-Star LB

With signing day approaching quickly, the Clemson staff is taking advantage of this opportunity to visit some of the top juniors in the southeast. Tuesday morning Clemson defensive line coach Chris Rumph stopped by a familiar setting. CUTigers.com has the latest in this recruiting update.

LB Petey Smith Profile

Coach Rumph stopped by Armwood High (Seffner, Fla.) today to check on 6-1, 250 pound star linebacker Petey Smith.

Smith has already been designated one of the top linebackers in the country for 2009 by Scout.com.

"Coach Rumph came by the school today," he said. "I have had a lot of coaches come by the past week. Coach Tressel came by on Friday. The Tennessee coach came by and then coach Tuberville came by also," said Smith.

When asked about his current offers, Smith responded, "I really have offers from everyone. I have too many to name."

Petey's older brother, Eric, has made a verbal commitment to Auburn. Does that give the Tigers from the Plains a big advantage?

"Not really. I will look at them very closely. I want to make my own decision. I really want to pay attention to everyone's defense. I want to see what I like. I want to see how I would fit into their schemes," replied Smith.

The star linebacker knows what he likes in a defense.

"I would like to play in a four three stack or a team that plays a lot of cover two. I like playing in the middle. I like having a guard or tackle in front of me. I will be looking at the defensive line talent," said Smith.

When asked about Clemson's chances, Smith said, "I think they are still in the mix. They want to recruit me and I won't tell anyone they can't recruit me."

The Florida standout has learned some lessons from his brother and plans to make an earlier decision.

"I will probably make an earlier decision. I want to travel everywhere by the summer. I want to have five of six favorites by the time my season starts. I will probably make my decision late in the season," said Smith.

Distance won't be a big factor for Petey, but it is for his mother.

"It is really not a factor. My mom wants me to stay kind of close in case some kind of emergency happens, but it is really my decision. If I want to go out to USC I will go there," said Smith.

The junior day tour has already begun for the prize recruit.

"I went to Florida last weekend for their junior day. This weekend I am going to Florida State," he added.

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