In-state DE has two on top

South Carolina signed defensive end Devin Taylor out of Beaufort High School in the 2008 recruiting cycle, and Coach Shane Beamer and the Gamecocks have targeted another top prospect at Beaufort this year in athletic defensive lineman Duane Chisolm. Read inside as Chisolm discusses the latest in his recruitment and breaks down the two frontrunners that are battling it out for his services.

The 6'3", 256 pound Chisolm, who is rated by as a 3-star prospect and the no. 36 defensive end in America this recruiting year, holds offers from major programs like Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson, West Virginia, N.C. State, and Kentucky. However, according to Chisolm, the two in-state programs have emerged as the clear frontrunners in the race for his services.

"Really, South Carolina and Clemson are standing out," said Chisolm. "I visited both their camps recently and had a good time."

Chisolm took the time to break down what he likes about both the Gamecocks and the Tigers.

South Carolina - "First of all, South Carolina is really nice. They're dedicated to their players and how their future ends up. The coaching staff is pretty nice. They're pretty easy going people that you can get along with quick. They're pretty much saying I can come in and play as a true freshman."

Clemson - "They're kind of down to earth about everything. They have a good academic program, and they're strict about their players getting their degrees. Coach West is recruiting me for them. He's a pretty nice dude. Their coaches are telling me I could be in the rotation as a freshman if I had a good summer."

The Lowcountry standout was on hand for one of South Carolina's prospect camps recently, and while he didn't take part in the camp, he did enjoy watching Defensive Line Coach Brad Lawing work with the other linemen in attendance.

"I really didn't work out. I just wanted to watch Coach Lawing and how he coached. It was overall pretty nice, and I think he's a great coach. He's pretty strict. He's very hard-working and serious about what he does. He knows his position."

Chisolm, who is being recruited by Coach Shane Beamer for the Gamecocks, has a good idea of when he'd like to make a decision on his college choice as well as what factors he'll look for in a school.

"I'll probably (make a decision) sometime after my season. I'll take some of my official visits during the summer and the fall," he said. "I'm looking for a good business program, the best school that will help me get my degree in business. Also, early playing time is another big factor."

In his junior season, Chisolm totaled 119 tackles and 15 sacks while helping lead his team to the state championship game. He described himself as a "quick and hard-hitting" player on the defensive line.

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