Tigers in command after visit?

Illinois recently sent its offer to an in-state Clemson lean, but the Tigers are still in command over the rest of the competition.

C Ryan Norton Profile

CUTigers spoke to Mauldin High School center Ryan Norton after his Saturday to Clemson for Junior Day.

"I went up there and I had a pretty good time," he said.

Sitting down with Coach Dabo Swinney and offensive line coaches Danny Pearman and Brad Scott was Norton's favorite part of the trip.

"They were just telling me how much they wanted me to get up there, stuff like that," he said. "It was probably like 10-15 minutes with coach Swinney and 20 minutes with coach Scott and coach Pearman after that."

Norton wouldn't say if the blitz to get him to commit was on while he was in town for Junior Day, but he does understand the Clemson coaches would like him to pull the trigger and join the 2011 class.

"I'm sure they want me to commit soon because it's going to take a lot of pressure of them, so they don't have to go out and get another center," he said. "They were telling me to take my time. They wanted me to make the decision that's best for me, just to make sure."

On his previous trip to Tigertown, Norton didn't see much outside of the football facilities. On Saturday, he got a chance to tour the other buildings he'd frequent at Clemson.

"I got to see the dorms and academic facilities. That really stood out to me. It was pretty neat," he said.

Up next for Norton are trips to watch spring practices, though he's still ironing out a schedule.

"Illinois just offered me so I'm probably going to see if I can get up there. I'm going to go to Clemson's, Georgia Tech's, South Carolina's and Vanderbilt's," he said.

Norton said his favorites are, in order, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Illinois and South Carolina. He plans to have a decision made before the start of his senior season at Mauldin.

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