UNC commitment visiting Clemson

A one-time Duke pledge and current North Carolina commit will be in Tigertown this weekend on an official visit, hoping to learn more about Clemson.

OLB Darius Lipford Profile

The only other time Hibriten High School outside linebacker Darius Lipford visited Clemson was this past season, when he was in town for the 38-3 win over Wake Forest.

His second go-round is this weekend when he's on official visit for the team banquet and the basketball game against Boston College.

"I want to get a better feel for their program. Learn more about their players, coaching staff and how the Clemson lifestyle is-- athletically and academically," Lipford said. "I want to see the campus and learn more about their school, and everything as a whole. I didn't really have a good opportunity to do get down there and really get to know Clemson.

"I thought this official would be a good way to get a good feel for the program."

Clemson always held his interest throughout high school. Since an offer came through, he became interested in learning more about the Tigers.

Other than his recruiting coordinator, defensive tackle coach Dan Brooks and defensive tackle Tyler Shatley, Lipford told CUTigers recently that he doesn't know much about Clemson football.

"Dan Brooks is a good friend of my dad's. They went to college together. I know him and Tyler Shatle. He went to East Burke High School in North Carolina," he said.

Originally a Duke commitment, Lipford committed to North Carolina in November. For now, he's content to stay home in the Tar Heel State, playing for the Tar Heels.

"I believe my playing style fits them really well. From my perspective, I believe I have the same playing style that fits their defense," Lipford said. "I find the ball a lot…whenever I get the ball, I like to try and score. I'm about speed, not just playing in the box, but being versatile. Their linebackers are really versatile. Their defense as a whole is versatile."

In October of 2008, he committed to play at Duke.

"The program just caught my eye. They were on the rise--they're still on the rise. They've become a very good football program," Lipford said.

Coupled with the opportunity to walk-on to the basketball team and his recruitment to North Carolina had "fallen off" for a little while. Lipford, as he described it, "jumped the gun" on his commitment to the Blue Devils. He's since "shied away" from playing basketball too.

"Carolina came back in. They'd always been my favorite school. I just wanted to give them a look anyways," he said. "I started going back down there, I really liked the games, and game atmosphere. I met with the coaches and the speed program caught my eye."

Lipford will be in Chapel Hill next weekend for his official visit to North Carolina, where it appears he'll sign.

"Clemson is a good program. I would go there, but I don't want to go out of state," he said.

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