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  by David Hood - Senior Writer - Wednesday, December 5, 2012 10:04 PM
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Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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watched former players play in Buffalo this past Sunday, and then took a trip to the Big Apple to talk to what he hopes is a future player on Monday.

Swinney took in Sunday’s NFL matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, where he watched former players C.J. Spiller, Crezdon Butler, Chris Hairston and Andre Branch during the Bills’ 34-18 win.

Monday, he was in Brooklyn for an in-home visit with 2013 4-star prospect Ebenezer Ogundeko Ebenezer Ogundeko
Outside Linebacker
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, the No. 1-rated player in the state of New York.

“He stayed about four hours,” Ogundeko told TigerNet. “My mom liked him a lot. We just talked about regular stuff. I like Coach Swinney a lot. He said we have a chance to win a lot of games if I come to Clemson, and we can win championships.”

Ogundeko said that Swinney eventually got around to talking football, and Swinney told him that he would be perfect for the “Jack” position, which is hybrid defensive end-linebacker position.

“He told me that I will have a great opportunity if I come to Clemson,” he said. “I really like that. I can play defensive end or I can play linebacker, but I like the Jack. I think that would be a good fit for me.”


Ogundeko said that his decision will come down to Clemson and Florida, with Florida head coach Will Muschamp getting an in-home visit next week. This weekend, he is taking a trip to Syracuse for an official visit. He hopes to make his decision at the Under Armour game.

Ogundeko visited Clemson for the South Carolina game, and said he had a good time with linebacker Kellen Jones and defensive end Corey Crawford.

“Those are great guys,” he said. “We had a blast. The atmosphere at the game was amazing, and I really liked the trip. It was fun getting to see Ryan Jenkins Ryan Jenkins
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5-11, 177
Alpharetta, GA

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again, and just getting to meet Carl Lawson Carl Lawson
Defensive End
6-3, 251
Alpharetta, GA

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and Montravius Adams Montravius Adams
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 281
Vienna, GA

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. I also got to talk to all of the coaches, including Coach [Brent] Venables. He told me how he would like to use me at the “Jack” position.”

As a senior, he had 71 tackles and 16 sacks and as a junior he had 79 tackles and 12 sacks. He wants to enroll early to a college in January 2013.

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