Is the commitment watch on?

With seven players already committed to the class of 2011, plenty of quality candidates will be in Clemson this weekend for Junior Day. Could that number jump closer to double-digits by Sunday?

OLB Lateek Townsend Profile

Marlboro County High School (Bennettsville) outside linebacker Lateek Townsend will head to Clemson this weekend for Junior Day.

"I've been to the school a couple of times. I'll probably just get with the players and see how the players are, what type of people they are," he recently told CUTigers. "If I stay the night, I'm going to stay with some players."

Clemson offered Townsend a spot in the 2011 class during his sophomore year. The Tigers remain in good standing.

"Everything is going good. Nothing is bad. Everything is up to par," he said.

CUTigers asked, are the rumors true that he's thinking about committing soon?

"I'm going to commit soon. But when, I don't know when it will be," he said.

Townsend wants to be able to get a better feel for everything beyond the surface of the visits' official presentation.

"When you go to visit a school, you're going to see all the hype and everybody liking it then," he said. "Once I start to see day in and day out how the school is, that's when you get down to it--how it is."

As a junior 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. . (Miller Safrit)
Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who hails from the same region that Townsend lives in, recruits the area. The two spoke over the phone Monday night.

"He was just asking me when I was getting down to Clemson. We just talked about the Junior Day," Townsend said. "He asked if I was staying the night or not. I told him I'd know once I got there."

To go along with Clemson's offer, Townsend claims offers from: South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Maryland, Wake Forest, Duke, Illinois and East Carolina.

Townsend keeps in touch with former Tiger Rendrick Taylor, who also went to Marlboro County.

"I talked to him a lot about Clemson. He tells me a lot about Clemson," Townsend said.

He also hopes to speak to a former Clemson quarterback.

"I've got to talk to Willy Korn about what he liked and what he didn't like," Townsend said. "I just want to get a feel from all of the players."

He currently has no plans to attend other Junior Days or take any other unofficial visits. Top Stories