"I have always liked Clemson since I was a kid and Clemson is some place I have always been interested in going to play football at," Summerville defensive lineman Brice Laughlin told CUTigers.com Monday.
Laughlin is coming fresh off his visit to Tigertown this past weekend when he checked in to watch Saturday's scrimmage at Death Valley and met his new recruiting coach Dan Brooks. The former Tennessee coach, who coached the defensive tackles at Tennessee the last 15 years, was officially hired to replace David Blackwell Monday.
"He seems like a great coach and just a good guy in general, regardless of coaching," Laughlin said. "I heard a lot of good things about him when he was at UT from my coach who knows him pretty well. I have heard nothing but good things about him and everything I know about him I seem to like so far.
"He seems like a good guy to me."
It has been since last September, when the Tigers hosted S.C. State, since Laughlin was last at Clemson. Obviously, a lot of things have changed since then, including the head coach and the coaching staff.
That's the primary reason why he was at Clemson in the first place.
"That's one of the main things I was up there for was to see them coach," he said. "What kind of coaches and what kind of people are they?"
Laughlin said he enjoyed watching the scrimmage Saturday and though the defense overall had a bad day, he was impressed with the guys on the defensive line. He also had the pleasure to speak with some of them after the scrimmage.
"I liked it. I got to see the coaches in action and then in game situation kind of," he said. "I got to see the athletes up close and got to talk to some of the coaches so I liked it. The defensive line is good. Clemson has always had a lot of good defensive linemen. They are good players.
"I definitely think I can fit in there."
Besides watching the scrimmage, Laughlin was also able to take a tour of the facilities. He saw the area where the strength and conditioning rooms will be, the new coaches offices and he took a tour of the new locker room and the new parts of the WestZone and how they are making it into one big facility.
"All the coaches, the atmosphere and the personalities they have up here now is much different from when I was up there before," Laughlin said.
Though he only has an offer from Maryland, which came over the weekend, Laughlin, who has a 4.9 in the 40 and bench's 360 pounds, is also receiving interest from Georgia, South Carolina, Duke, N.C. State, Virginia and UAB.
Other than Clemson, he has visited Maryland, N.C. State and Georgia. He said those four are at the top of his list and he says Clemson is on even par with all of them. He says he expects to get a few more offers in the coming months and at that time he will begin to fully concentrate on where he wants to go and play.
"Hopefully, I will get some more and get to see who all is interested and then go from there," the rising senior said. "I have taken visits to all of those places and it will be tough to narrow my decision down, but an offer definitely makes it easier."
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