After stating in another report last week that Florida State was Ken Malcome's favorite, the Southwest DeKalb High School product (Decatur, Ga.) left Clemson earlier this week with a different feeling.
"For me I like Clemson," Malcome told CUTigers earlier this week. "I like Clemson a lot, but I liked Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Honestly, I can't rank anyone right now because I have not seen anything that I have not seen before.
"All of them have nice coaches, people that will talk to you, the fans are great and the facilities are nice. They all have the nice weight rooms and all kinds of stuff. So I can't really rank anyone because they are all the same.
"Hopefully, when I go on official visits, something will stand out that will make me pick that school."
As for his first trip to Clemson, Malcome was impressed. He said he liked the size of the campus and it was bigger than he expected, plus he enjoyed watching the Orange and White game.
He said he was surprised by the number of fans that attended Clemson's spring game, and that there appeared to be more people at Clemson than those at Florida State's Garnet and Gold game the week before.
"It was packed," he said. "There were a lot of people there. That was surprising. I didn't know there was going to be that much."
Malcome also enjoyed meeting quarterback Willy Korn and Da'Quan Bowers while also meeting the rest of the coaching staff. He said he had a nice visit with his recruiting coach Chris Rumph as well as a nice conversation with running backs coach Andre Powell.
"I like Coach Powell," Malcome said. "I talked with him for a little while, and I liked the whole staff overall. Coach Powell was right about their depth at running back. He said a lot of the running backs they have now will be gone by the time my senior year comes around.
"I know they signed one from last year so we will see."
As for the current running backs he watched in the spring game.
"I feel like I can come in and play and go for their spot," said the 6-foot, 210-pound running back with 4.5 speed. "Jamie Harper is a good running back and (Andre) Ellington is a quick running back. They have their special things that they can do, but I can do both of those so I feel like I can come in and make a run at their position if I go over there.
"A lot of people see me just as a power back, but I can run as well. That's what a lot of people don't understand."
Malcome also got the opportunity to speak to offensive coordinator Billy Napier, who showed him around the facilities, and had a brief conversation with Dabo Swinney before the spring game.
Depth at running back, the coaching staff and graduation rates will all be keys for the rising senior in the school he does decide to play for. Right now he has offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Auburn and West Virginia, while Georgia is also showing interest.
He has taken unofficial visits to Georgia, Alabama, Florida State and Clemson thus far. Last Saturday was his first trip to Clemson.
"I liked it. I saw people that I had not seen before and they did pretty good and I enjoyed watching the game," Malcome said. "They have a nice campus and nice facilities and all that. The football field is nice and everything is nice, but every D-1 school as that something special about them.
"I'm going to find a school that stands out. I have not found it yet. All of those coaches tell me the same thing, and I don't want to get caught up in all that."
Malcome was impressed with Clemson's weight room at the Jervey Athletic Center and he can't wait to see what the new one is going to look like when it is completed this summer under the new WestZone.
"You know the old one is nice so the new one you know is going to be really nice," he said.
Malcome could not confirm if he will be back at Clemson this summer or not, but he did say Clemson being just a couple of hours up the road from Decatur is an advantage when he decides which schools he will attend for camp. He said he will line up his official visits by this summer and hopes to pick a school before the season starts.
"I know people don't have time to wait on people to sign because there is always a person out there that could be just as good as you," he said.
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