Townsend in Tigertown?

One of the state's top linebacker prospects for the class of 2011 will be in town this weekend for an unofficial visit to Clemson.

LB Lateek Townsend Profile

CUTigers recently caught up with Marlboro County High School outside linebacker Lateek Townsend. He holds offers from Clemson, South Carolina, East Carolina, Illinois, N.C. State and Maryland.

"They're all pretty much the same when it comes to my favorites," Townsend said.

This fall, he saw games at only Clemson and South Carolina. He saw the Tigers play Middle Tennessee, Coastal Carolina and Florida State. In Columbia, he saw the Vanderbilt and Florida games.

"That was my first time (visiting) Clemson (against Middle Tennessee)," Townsend said. "The trips were pretty good. I liked Clemson when I went there."

He plans to attend the South Carolina junior day next week.

With no favorites at the moment, Townsend also isn't sure when he's going to make a decision on where he'll play at the next level.

"It's all about if I'm going to fit there. I'm going to school for the academics and football. Just because I like a school, it doesn't mean I'll go to a school. I have to fit into a school," he said.

Early playing time doesn't matter to him. Townsend refers to himself as a hard-working player. Wherever he ends up, it wouldn't be an issue, playing early or not wouldn't be an issue.

"I feel like if I bust my butt there, I'll be on the field," he said.

On the year Townsend recorded 189 tackles, 13 sacks and an interception while forcing three fumbles, establishing himself as one of the Palmetto State's most dominant defenders.

Marlboro County finished 13-1 on the year, with their only loss coming in the semifinals of the state playoffs. Top Stories