RECRUITING: Florida Visit Looms Large For Maxwell

Like a lot of kids from the Palmetto State, the lure of the home schools is quite appealing. For Byron Maxwell of North Charleston (SC) Fort Dorchester, Clemson is calling and it's a call that may get answered early. However, the 6-0, 176-pound cornerback says that he won't make any decisions until he takes a trip to Gainesville to see what all the commotion at the University of Florida is all about.

Byron Maxwell has his choice of top schools already. Clemson, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Notre Dame, Duke, Florida, and Nebraska have all submitted written offers, so there's no shortage of quality choices. He's a bit of a homebody, however, so Clemson has a real advantage but until he visits Florida, the Tigers are going to have to hold their collective breaths.

"I will visit Florida over the summer," said Maxwell, whom most expect to commit somewhere this summer. "I talk to the coaches at Florida a lot."

Fort Dorchester's campus will be hopping with college coaches the next week and a half because of spring football practice. The coaches will see a fast, talented corner who turned in a 4.53 40-yard dash at the recent All-American combine in Jacksonville. That 4.53 was the fastest time for any athlete at least six feet tall, but Maxwell, who runs 200 meters and the 4X100 relay for the Fort Dorchester track team thinks he could have done much better.

In the classroom, Maxwell is doing well in his core courses. He's expected to maintain a good GPA and get a qualifying test score without much problem.

His high school team is "pretty young", so the expectations are a little on the wait and see side. Maxwell says that the secondary and the offensive line should be team strengths. As the team leader in the secondary, he has high expectations for himself. He expects to improve on last year's totals of five interceptions, two of which he ran back for touchdowns. He also had a punt return for a touchdown and he made 60-plus tackles from his cornerback position.

This year, he's going to do some double duty. He'll be playing on offense for the first time, but it's a challenge he is ready to accept. With his speed and sense of timing, he believes he can be a big time contributor on either side of the ball.

"I am explosive and have play making ability," he said.

In addition to Clemson and Florida, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Duke are paying the most attention to Maxwell. He hasn't visited all of those schools but he has made unofficial trips to Georgia, Clemson, and Maryland so far. His summer plans along with the Florida visit include a team 7-on-7 camp at North Carolina.

Redman Reaction: He is already a big name in recruiting circles and it's only going to get bigger. It's going to be tough to get him out of South Carolina. That's obvious because he tells most interviewers that he wants to stay close to home. The fact that he talks so enthusiastically about Florida and says he won't choose until he's visited Gainesville should give the Clemson folks something to sweat about. Once he's been to Florida, there's a real chance he will be making a commitment.

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