Four-star OL gets the grand tour

One of the top linemen in South Carolina got to see everything Clemson had to offer Tuesday ... and needless to say he came away impressed.

A.J. Cann Profile

Four-star offensive lineman A.J. Cann has been the subject of many recruiting rumors lately, including a few that have him committing to the University of South Carolina as soon as next week.

However after leaving Clemson Tuesday afternoon, this four-star standout says he's not making any early decisions if he can help it.

"I want to let this thing play out," he told shortly after leaving campus. "That's the main thing most coaches, including today at Clemson, have been telling me ... to let this thing play out and that's what I plan on doing."

Cann, who came for the last day of Clemson's first summer camp session, didn't work out but instead got the grand tour of Clemson's new West Zone.

"Man the last time I came up here it was all a bunch of construction but it looked real nice today," he said. "I got to talk with Coach Swinney for a long time and that went real well.

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"They aren't pressuring me or anything like that which is cool. I also talked with Coach Scott and Coach Rumph and all that went real well. They said they really just wanted to get to know me better today and it all worked out."

Cann is rated as the No. 21 defensive tackle in the nation according to, but figures to be a center at the next level.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt assistant Cory Crosby told earlier Tuesday Cann usually plays as offensive tackle, paving the way for one of the most productive rushing attacks in the state.

"We even line him up at receiver sometimes," Crosby said. "He's that athletic."

Crosby also brought one of the top prospects in the class of 2012 with him Tuesday in Martin Aiken. Just a rising sophomore, Aiken stepped in and performed beautifully, more than holding his own against Shaq Anthony, a top rising junior from Wren.

And what is up next for Cann?

He'll likely visit several more camps this summer as he tries to narrow down his list.

"I have to sit down with my coaches and see where I'm going next. But today was definitely a good day up at Clemson," he added.

"It was great getting to talk to Coach Swinney all that time." Top Stories