Not much has changed for Statesville (NC) West Iredell safety P.J. Clyburn since Pack Pride last spoke to him back in March. He still boasts offers from NC State, East Carolina and Illinois. However, he did say that a few new schools have inquired about his talents.
“I haven’t picked up an any new offers yet,” said Clyburn. “A whole bunch of schools have called, like Louisville, Syracuse, Boston College and Purdue, but they haven’t given me an offer yet.”
At 6-1, 205 pounds, Clyburn totaled 78 tackles and five interceptions- returning two for touchdowns last year on defense en route to being named to the AP all-state team for special teams. On offense, he hauled in 33 receptions for 468 yards and three scores. He also rushed 19 times for 166 yards and another touchdown.
That production helped Clyburn earn an early scholarship offer from NC State and the Pack has made it clear that he is a key figure in their 2010 recruiting efforts. However, the Wolfpack will have a battle on it’s hands with an in-state rival.
“NC State came by the school last week and Carolina is coming by this week to watch me run at practice. State brought like five coaches when they came down to see me. They were just telling me that this coach and this coach were supposed to be at different places but they have all this interest in me so they brought them all here to show how much they want me to be at NC State. But I’m thinking about it hard. It’s either there or Carolina.”
So what does he think about State and Carolina?
“I like State a lot. Them and Carolina are my top two schools but I’m feeling both of them. Carolina wants me to take the tests and get my grades up. They also want me to come to camp. But with State, I love their fans and they’ve got some good coaches down there.”
Early on it appeared that Clyburn may be one of the prospects leaning towards an early decision. While that could still be the case, he gave the impression that he may be willing to wait just a little longer than previously thought.
“I’m just waiting for the right time. I’ll know when the right time comes. I’m not going to the end. I want my parents to visit both colleges (State and Carolina) before I do anything. Those are my top two.”
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