Morant weighing his options

Morant weighing his options

A defensive coaching change in the SEC has one of the top prospects in South Carolina looking in the direction of the Clemson Tigers.

DE Dexter Morant Profile

Coach Robbie Briggs has seen a ton of talent walk through the halls of Manning High School during the 16 years he's been a coach--nine of which he's been the head man.

And one of the top-five all time talents will be in Clemson this weekend on an official visit.

Briggs told CUTigers that 2010 defensive end Dexter Morant, who has been committed to Georgia, will go through with a planned visit to Clemson this coming weekend.

The following weekend, he's scheduled to be in Athens on an official visit.

"Georgia and Clemson are very similar in the atmosphere of the campus," Briggs said. "He feels like he needs to visit Clemson since the position coach who recruited him is no longer there- Jon Fabris- they had a real good relationship.

"He still thinks a lot of Rodney Gardner. As far as his visit, I'm sure it's to take a look at Clemson and its facilities."

Morant committed mid-July and took only unofficial visits to Georgia during the season.

"He didn't go to a Clemson game last year. Phillip Dukes and some of the other kids who went through the air told him how tremendous the facilities are and how good of a guy Dabo (Swinney) is," Briggs said.

Clemson was the first school to offer Morant, who was a junior at the time.

But what's helped in the Tigers' pursuit of late, according to Briggs, is how defensive end coach Chris Rumph has handled Morant.

"Coach Rumph has done a good job of giving Dexter his space, and honoring his commitment to Georgia," Briggs said. "If Jon Fabris and Willie Martinez were still at Georgia, I don't think he's taking his visit right now."

Briggs ranks Morant along with two former Clemson players as the best players to come through Manning, including former safety Travis Pugh and defensive back Brian Mance.

And one of the keys could still be what happens in Athens.

After Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart turned down the defensive coordinator position earlier Monday, the entire situation continues to be in a state of flux.

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