Clemson Still the Team to Beat?

Crestwood linebacker Maurice Nelson has favored the Tigers all along, but with four official visits set up in the coming weeks, and rumors circulating everywhere, could the strength of the Tigers' lead could be fading? Is it possible?

Maurice Nelson has been a hard Clemson lean for quite some time, but after a tough bowl game in Orlando and a couple of weeks to think about it, one thing is still crystal clear.

"Clemson's still my number one school," said Nelson. "I got a letter from Coach Bowden today saying he felt like they were only a couple of plays away from becoming a really successful program. He said that players like me are the ones that come in there and make a difference right away."

The senior linebacker participated in the North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach back in early December after finishing the regular season with over 100 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and an interception.

Clemson recruiting coordinator Rick Stockstill has remained in steady contact with South Carolina's top strong safety, and everything still points to the Tigers' being named the school he'll attend on signing day.

"Going down to Orlando was great, I just wish we would have won. It was heartbreaking to see that kind of performance. I think the players went down there thinking it was a vacation or something," said Nelson.

"But really, I saw a lot of things out there that I could help with, especially in the secondary. They were always missing those little 12-yard curl patterns, and that's a thing where I feel like I could make a difference next year."

Nelson is set with visits to Clemson next weekend, South Carolina the weekend after that, Maryland on the 24th, and Georgia on the 31st.

"I'm still going to take all my visits to those schools before announcing my decision on signing day," added Nelson. We'll continue to keep you updated on one of the Tigers' top prospects, right up through February 5th.

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