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The first visitor to meet with Dabo Swinney at Clemson's most recent Junior Day picked up an offer from the Tigers. A day before the trip, the junior received offer No. 1.

RB Jay Jay McCullough Profile

Nation Ford (Fort Mill) junior running back/wide receiver/tight end Jay Jay McCullough was on the receiving end of that offer from Swinney.

McCullough recently told CUTigers.com that it "hit him off guard," though he suspected that it could be on the way.

"[Swinney] told me that since they have the new offense and the new offensive coordinator from Tulsa--at my school now, we run the same kind of offense--he told me that I was a perfect fit at that hybrid position," he said. "That's where they're offering me and want me to play."

The slash position at Clemson is a mix between H-back/slot receiver/running back position.

It's similar to the role he plays at Nation Ford, where he lines up as a slot receiver and running back.

As a junior, McCullough rushed 80 times for almost 600 yards and hauled in 30 catches for close to 300 yards. He scored 15 total touchdowns.

He first visited Clemson for the 2010 season opener against North Texas.

"I like the environment a lot," McCullough said. "There's not a lot around the campus, but there's plenty to do on campus. I like it a lot."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior likes how the Clemson coaches have received him while he's on campus.

"The coaches, they let you know that they treat you like family," McCullough said. "They comfort you as soon as you get there. That really surprised me. I liked that a lot."

He's also taken visits to Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina, but Clemson is the only one that‘s received one this spring. McCullough said he plans on taking some more trips in the near future.

Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, LSU, Florida, Nebraska and North Carolina are also in touch. Clemson and Miami (Ohio) are the only schools that have offered. The Redhawks offered the day before he visited Tigertown.

Most schools are recruiting him as a running back.

"I'm just letting it come as it is and just seeing what they're saying, but I don't have any favorites," McCullough said.

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