Lipford blown away

Lipford blown away

It's not often you hear a prospect say what Darius Lipford told CUTigers.com Sunday afternoon.

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But after leaving his official visit to Clemson Sunday afternoon, with just one more visit remaining to North Carolina, he proclaimed: "If I could play for both schools, I would. Two years at Clemson, two years at North Carolina."

Needless to say, this current North Carolina commitment has some things to think about.

"Everything about Clemson was great," he said. "I was actually surprised about how much I like it but how the coaches interacted with the players and how it was all one big family was great to see.

"Plus the facilities there were top-notch. Overall it really was a great visit and I've got a lot to think about the next couple of weeks."

Lipford was hosted by Clemson defensive end Kourtnei Brown.

"Me and Kourtnei are a lot alike," he said. "We played a lot of video games before going out with the rest of the boys. We got along great. But we liked to get after each other this weekend ... it was a lot of fun."

Lipford also enjoyed the team's annual awards banquet, which was held Saturday night.

"It was great to see everybody in a relaxed atmosphere," he said. "It went on for a long while but it was all good. We had a great time there."

When asked to compare the two schools at the top of his list, Clemson and North Carolina, Lipford had this to say:

North Carolina: Butch Davis has done a really nice job turning the program around. They've got good facilities there and I'm familiar with everything there at North Carolina.

Clemson: Coach Swinney did a really good job his first year. You know, he was one of only two coaches to win a championship in his first year coaching this year. It was him and the coach at Oregon. Plus they really take care of the players there and they expect you to graduate.

And now comes the ultimate decision ... Where will he choose and when will he announce his decision?

"It's stressful he said so I'm thinking it's probably going to go all the way down to signing day," Lipford added. "Coach Swinney told me to take my time and think about everything after my visit to North Carolina next weekend and that's what I'm going to do.

"He didn't put any pressure on me or anything. He basically just told me I have a home in Clemson and they have a need for linebackers like myself."

"Again, it's probably going to come down to signing day."

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