Ricky Chaney may be a new name on the recruiting scene, but the stand out safety from Battery Creek High School in Beaufort promises to be a prospect recruiting fans around the southeast hear much more about in the coming months.
Saturday afternoon, Chaney got his first taste of big-time college football when he visited Clemson University for Junior Day.
"It went really good," he told CUTigers afterwards. "We checked in got to see everything. The whole athletic department was impressive to me. A lot of things stood out."
The hard-hitting safety packs a punch on film and is just now starting to make a name for himself around the South.
"I think they [Clemson] are going to offer me," he said. "That is what Coach Blackwell was saying. I don't know when it will happen but I think they might offer."
The visit left a strong enough impression on Chaney that he has the Tigers right at the top of his early favorites.
"Right now my top four schools would be Clemson, Florida, Miami and Florida State," he said. "I've heard a little bit from them but most of the schools contacting me are from the ACC close by."
Chaney also said the biggest highlight was meeting rising senior running back C.J. Spiller.
"Yes I met C.J.," he said. "That was cool and then I met the cornerback, I think he wears No. 38- Chris Chancellor. Most of the players I met were cool."
Chaney, who will likely make a strong showing in Scout.com's updated top 20 prospects in South Carolina in the coming weeks, is being recruited to Clemson by Tigers' assistant David Blackwell and recorded 37 tackles and four sacks during his junior season.
As things stand today, he has no other unofficial visits planned in the immediate future.