Freshman defensive end Jacolbe Cowan is poised to be a major college recruit.
The Providence Day standout visited Clemson last weekend.
"It was a great visit," said the 6-foot-5, 252-pound Cowan. "I loved how coach (Dabo) Swinney talked about being family-oriented. I also love how he stresses academics and players getting their degree. They have a very high graduation rate. And I love the atmosphere. Seeing locker room and new football facility were my favorite parts. It was a great experience.
"We toured the facilities and got a chance to see the new dorms. I also had a chance to speak with new defensive line coach (Todd) Bates and (defensive coordinator) coach (Brent) Venables. They told me to keep working hard and stay in contact with them."
According to Cowan, he believes North Carolina or Wake Forest could be first to offer, and gave a thought on each school.
North Carolina: "I like how it's very family-oriented there, too," Cowan said. "They also have great fan support. They were actually the first school to start recruiting me and the first school I ever visited, so that means a lot.
"My recruiter is (wide receivers) coach (Gunter) Brewer. He has a great sense of humor and he's always honest with me. He talks to me about developing as a player and person -- and just life in general. Coach Brewer has also told me I could be great in their system."
Wake Forest: "I like that it's a smaller school and the facilities are great. I like how their coaches are also building a relationship with me and it's about more than just football. They talk to me about grades and life.
"(Wide receivers) coach (Kevin) Higgins is recruiting me and he's told me I'd fit perfect in their program. He's said he loves my size and and cares about me as a person."
In regards to spring visits, Cowan plans to get to South Carolina and Wake Forest.
Cowan finished his freshman season with 70 tackles, including 15 for loss and seven sacks.