Linebacker hears from Swinney and Venables, set to make August decision


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Spencer talks to Brent Venables at Swinney's high school camp
Spencer talks to Brent Venables at Swinney's high school camp

Spencer Lytle has taken his visits and is now tasked with making one of the biggest decisions of his life ahead of an August 4 announcement.

The 3-star Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco linebacker wrapped up visits to Wisconsin and Clemson earlier this month, and after a two-day stay during head coach Dabo Swinney’s high school camp, Lytle came away impressed with the academics, facilities and most importantly the people.

"The biggest highlight of the trip was being around the players, other recruits, and coaches both days and having a great meeting with Coach Swinney," Lytle told TigerNet shortly after his departure. "Also, spending a good amount of film time with Coach Venables. It definitely had the feel of an official visit.”

Lytle said Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables remain in constant contact, continuing to let him know that he’s a priority.

“Primarily the people. Coaches, players and other staff are what makes Clemson special,” he said. “National Championship caliber football, solid business school and academics. I really have a great relationship with Coach Venables and Coach Swinney.”

"I hear from Coach Venables and Coach Swinney daily," Lytle said. "I have a great feel for Clemson and what the program is about. They are losing seven linebackers over the next two years and I would be the only linebacker coming in as an early enrollee in the 2019 class."

Lytle claims 42 offers from across the country, but only visited Clemson and Wisconsin during his final tour, and after talking to the coaching staffs at both schools, playing time won’t be a factor in his decision.

"After talking to Coach Venables, I feel great about my chances to play early at Clemson," Lytle said. "I really feel good about playing early at both Clemson and Wisconsin. I had a pretty successful junior year at linebacker and that was my first year playing the position. I played all offense my sophomore year. My freshman year I played about every skill position on the field and never came off the field."

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