On location with Jerome Maybank

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. – CUTigers.com's Hale McGranahan stopped by Waccamaw High School last Friday to see the most recent Clemson verbal commitment, Jerome Maybank.

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Two Clemson coaches have already been through Waccamaw to check in on Maybank during the evaluation period.

Defensive line coach Dan Brooks made his way through early during the period, a couple of weeks ago. Tight ends/offensive tackles coach Danny Pearman, like CUTigers, stopped in on Friday.

Clemson isn't the only school that's been sending coaches by this month.

"I know a coach from East Carolina was here and a coach from Michigan was too," Maybank said.

With offers from South Carolina and North Carolina when he made the commitment in early May, Maybank had been recruited to play on the offensive line by both schools.

Playing on the defensive line is where he wants to be on the next level.

"You can play more freely. You don't have to worry about holding calls (on defense). You can just go after the ball," Maybank said. "That's where I think I'm better at, though."

The opportunity to play under Brooks was too good to pass on too, especially because of the relationship the two have built with one another.

"Dan Brooks and I hit it off from the start. That was a big step in my decision," Maybank said.

Since his sophomore year, Maybank has been playing on both the offensive and defensive lines for Waccamaw.

During the off-season, he keeps busy lifting weights and conditioning himself for the double-duty he pulls in the fall.

"I do a lot of bleacher runs. Out of school, I'm pretty active. I usually play ball every day after school," he said. "That's one thing that helps me out."

Maybank has played on the Waccamaw basketball since his freshman year. As a junior, he averaged 8 points and 10 rebounds a game.

Maybank took a break from athletics in the third season of the school year. In previous springs, he's thrown discus and the shot. Not this year.

"I wanted to get my grades right, but I'm going to pick that up again," he said.

Maybank is working hard in the weight room too. He bench presses 315, squats 450 and cleans 260. This summer, he's set goals of 350, 500 and 275 as his new maxes. He is 6-foot-5, 330 pounds. Maybank also plans to head to Tigertown for camp.

"I'm pretty solid with Clemson. I just want to head up there just to learn more about it," he said.

"I've been up there a few times before. I just want to see what it's going to really be like when I get up there."

On the recruiting trail, Maybank is also keeping in touch with a few prospects remaining on Clemson's board.

"I talk to Phillip Dukes when I see him…I'm trying to get in touch with him now. The receiver, (Charone) Peake, I'm trying to get him along," he said.

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