South Carolina's Top Prospect Visits Clemson

One of the top defensive ends in the nation for the class of 2009 visited Clemson earlier this week.

DE Sam Montgomery Profile

The nation's No. 7 defensive end traveled to Clemson to watch the Tigers go through preseason practice this weekend.

"It went great," he told "I went up there with my coach. I just went up to watch practice. It reminded me a lot of ours and what we do. They did some of the same things."

The four-star defensive end spent most of his time watching coach Rumph work with the defensive line.

"He is a real funny guy. He handles the practice pretty good. He is kind of like my coach, except my coach calls us more names," said Montgomery.

Are there any other visits planned right now?

"No sir, it is all just kind of random. I am going to set some official visits, but right now I am just focused on Greenwood," replied Montgomery.

Don't expect the prize recruit to narrow things down any time soon.

"I will probably wait until after the season to narrow things down," he said. "I still plan to announce at either the All American game or on signing day."

The trip also allowed Sam an opportunity to continue to build some relationships with a few current Tigers.

"I have gotten to know Willy Korn, Kourtnei Brown and Jamie Cumbie," said Montgomery.

The All American is also well aware that the Tigers may lose the starter at the bandit position if Ricky Sapp leaves early for the NFL.

"You know I am just about his size. I could come right in and play. I would just need to work hard. Willy can teach me the ins and outs [of college, etc] and help me along," said Montgomery.

Montgomery finished his junior season with 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and an amazing 20 sacks. He also had four fumbles caused and two recovered, one of which he took back for a touchdown. Top Stories