Tigers checking on Summerville DB

Pinewood Prep High School in Summerville (S.C.) has already produced a McDonald's All-American on the hardwood for Clemson University in Milton Jennings. Now it might be producing the services of one of the state's top safeties.

Panthers' safety Sean Hamilton is drawing some serious interest from the Clemson football program. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound rising senior was on campus this past Saturday for the Orange and White game and said a Clemson offer could be coming in the near future.

"From what I heard I should be getting one soon if I get everything right with my grades and all," Hamilton said.

Hamilton said his grades are where they need to be right now and he has already taken the SAT once and plans to take it for a second time soon along with the ACT.

"Everything is straight," Hamilton said. "My grades are good now. I struggled early on in my high school career, but grades are good now."

So is Pinewood Preps football program.

Though Pinewood isn't known for being a football power like its basketball program, Hamilton, along with running back Melvin Lesure, helped guide the Panthers to an 8-4 record and a spot in the state semifinals last fall.

Hamilton said most of his recruiting is being handled through his stepfather. Many longtime Clemson fans might have heard of him, he's former Clemson wide receiver Keith Jennings, who played six years in the NFL for the Chicago Bears as a tight end from 1991-'97.

Jennings had a very successful four-year career at Clemson as one of Rodney Williams' top targets from 1985-'88. Jennings, who played with current tight ends and tackles coach Danny Pearman at Clemson, was also a Prep All-American out of Summerville High School.

"He is my connection," Hamilton said proudly. "That's my hook up. (Clemson) has been talking to me for a little while now, and they talk to him a lot."

Maryland and Ole Miss as well as several other schools have also been showing interest in Hamilton.

Saturday was Hamilton's second trip to Clemson as a visitor. He also attended last year's Georgia Tech game, but he has been to other games as a fan as well.

"I like the (atmosphere), it is exciting," he said. "I have been to a recruiting game already so it is exciting. I liked it. I love it."

Hamilton also loved meeting head coach Dabo Swinney and was really impressed by how personable the Clemson coach was compared to the other rival coaches he has met.

"It was real cool," he said. "Coach Swinney came around and talked to everybody. He talked to a lot of people. It was pretty cool.

"I haven't had a bunch of coaches just come up and talk to me like they are my friend. That was pretty cool. Normally, (other coaches) don't really do that so that was cool."

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