3 Clemson coaches visit 2010 LB

A trio of Clemson coaches were in Lenoir, N.C. Thursday night to see a North Carolina commit from Hibriten High School.

LB Darius Lipford Profile

It was a hectic Thursday for Hibriten High School outside linebacker and North Carolina commit Darius Lipford. With snow threatening to cover the Lenoir area by Friday night, Dabo Swinney, Dan Brooks and Andre Powell were able to check Lipford out on the hardwood.

CUTigers spoke to him shortly after the Clemson coaches wrapped up their in-home visit.

"We talked about the benefits that I can have from the university… I listened a lot, and I'm thinking a lot more," Lipford said. "There wasn't anything yet to change my feelings for North Carolina, but (in-home visit) added feelings to me for Clemson."

After just winning a basketball game and scoring almost 20 points, he was feeling good heading into the visit.

"It was an all-around good atmosphere. It made it kind of fairy-tale-like. Things were just going, and the coaches coming to see me, I was really in an enlightened mood," Lipford said. "It was really, just good for me. It was more relaxed instead of tense."

It helped that the Clemson trio were more open to seeing how he felt about what was going on. Lipford said there was no pressure involved.

"I thought the meeting went really well," he said.

There's respect for his commitment to North Carolina.

"They weren't putting anything against UNC, because coach Dan Brooks coached there. They were just telling me the differences," Lipford said. "They weren't trying to get down on any particular school."

Clemson's coaches did compare the school's respective gridiron tradition.

"Just the tradition at Clemson football-wise, compared to UNC. It's more of a focus at Clemson, just because of the surroundings," he said.

Swinney's faith has a positive impact.

"That really says a lot about his character. I just think he's a great guy outside of sports," Lipford said.

He's still committed to the Tar Heels, though he might take until Wednesday to make a final decision.

"I'm kind of iffy, back and forth on a lot of things. I'm just going to give it more time and though. I haven't really had any free-time to sit down and think really hard about the decision I'm going to make," Lipford said.

On Saturday afternoon, North Carolina linebacker coach Art Kaufman and tight ends coach Allen Mogridge are supposed to be in Lipford's home.

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