Alabama DL checks out Tigertown

Defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison and the rest of the Clemson coaching pulled one signee out of Cherokee County High School for the 2010 class in Desmond Brown. The Tigers are back in Centre, Ala., and this time with a target on a 2011 defensive lineman that was in Tigertown for the spring game.

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Saturday's visit was the second time Hudson Grimes had been on Clemson's campus. Not long ago, he was in town for Clemson's junior day. Both times that Grimes has seen the future home of Cherokee County teammate Desmond Brown, he's been impressed.

"I love it. It's just one place, once you get there, you're like, ‘Wow, This is really nice.' It just stands out—the lake. As soon as you pull up and drive across the bridge, there's the stadium," Grimes said. "It just all stands out to me. It's just really comfortable, real relaxed."

Clemson, by the way, is his early favorite.

"It's just a great thing they've got going. Coach Dabo Swinney, I've talked to him a couple of times. He's just a real great guy," Grimes said. "He's really got something going there."

Harbison was instrumental throughout Brown's recruitment. He's also built a good relationship with Grimes.

"Ever since he met me, he's been real open to me, hugging, giving me a handshake, messing around. He's always been a real cool guy," Grimes said. "I hope something is going to come out of that."

Still looking to pick up his first offer, Grimes hopes his favorite school comes through with one later on this spring.

"(Harbison) said he was going to come down to spring practice and that was going to be a big deal," he said. "We'll see then, I hope that goes well."

Along with Clemson's junior day, Grimes also visited Knoxville for Tennessee's.

"The weekend right after I left Clemson, Tennessee called," he said.

Auburn, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Duke have all been in contact.

"I want to have a chance to see everything, go see everything. I'm not turning down anybody," Grimes said.

Cherokee County runs a 3-4 scheme that has him lining up as the defensive end and some at outside linebacker. This fall, he could end up playing some on the offensive line.

Grimes was recently measured a quarter of an inch under 6-3 and weighed in at 252.

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