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CHARLOTTE - Bashaud Breeland sort of took a step back when he got out of his car Sunday to participate in the Sports Combine in Charlotte.

"I did not know it was going to be this big," said the Allendale-Fairfax High School (S.C.) defensive back, who was one of more than 200 football players to participate in the combine.

Breeland has also been taken back by all the attention he is receiving on the recruiting front. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete picked up three offers on Saturday from Illinois, Syracuse and Penn State, and now sports 10 in all, including one from Clemson.

"I'm talking to a lot of coaches," he said. "I really don't know what to say to them because they always call up and say the same thing. I don't want to lie to them. It's crazy."

What's crazy is that Breeland expects a few more, which he says he will consider. He also has offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Wake Forest and South Carolina.

"I just got those offers from Syracuse, Illinois and Penn State so I'm going to do some research on them and see how they look," he said.

In the meantime, Breeland has made a top five that he says could change. Right now he likes Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Tennessee. He says he has no favorite and everyone on his list is being seriously considered.

"I'm looking for the education and looking for a place where I can feel comfortable," Breeland said. "That's why I want to go on a visit to the schools I have on my list."

One of the schools not on his list is Alabama, where Breeland is receiving some interest, but has no offer. He said Sunday he plans to visit Alabama's football camp this summer as well as the Gamecocks and the Tigers.

As for his recruitment to Clemson, he says he and his coaches are in good contact with the Clemson staff and he receives some kind of mail from them almost every day. He says he really enjoys the Clemson coaching staff.

"They are telling me that if I can come there they will send me to the (NFL) as a man and develop me as a young man," he said. "I can get a good education there too."

Breeland also likes Clemson because of the recent success it has had in sending top quality athletes to the pros, especially defensive backs like Justin Miller and Tye Hill.

Breeland, who ran in a track meet on Saturday and has another one on Tuesday, did not participate in any running or conditioning drills so that he might rest, but he did participate in one-on-one drills.

"That's the reason I came up here. I want to see the competition," he said. "I also can work on my feet and see how I run with the receivers and see if I can cover big tight ends as well.

"Everyone that is here is coming here to work hard so you have to work hard and compete." Top Stories