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One of Palmetto State's top LB prospects, Lateek Townsend, Commits to Clemson!

Clemson will need to oversign at LB in 2011, and Townsend is the first big piece.
Clemson will need to oversign at LB in 2011, and Townsend is the first big piece.

3-star (Scout rating, Rivals is not out yet) OLB Lateek Townsend (6'2, 210, 4.6 40) from Marlboro County HS committed to Clemson today at a Banquet in Columbia, after leaning to Clemson for quite some time. He attended the Jr. Day this weekend, after attempting to go to Columbia Saturday for a Tom Lemming Army All-American photoshoot, but announced his decision publicly this afternoon. Yesterday he said this to Korncoot, which is similar to what he said to Rivals:

"Clemson is number one...there is no number two or number three," Townsend said. "I know a lot about the school academic wise and football wise. I know more about Clemson than any other school. I haven't been to any other schools. I talked with coach Swinney and coach Steele. I had a man to man talk with coach Steele. I got to know about him. I know how the coaches are there. I got to see the players and their lifestyle. It was my first time going inside of things and seeing how they live there."

Townsend appears to be a very aggressive LB on film and shows great strength at the point of attack. He fills gaps and wraps people up. 191 tackles, 4 sacks, and 28 TFL in 2008 according to Rivals. In 2009 he registered 189 tackles, 14 sacks, and 36 TFL.

Townsend was a US Army All-American Combine First team player at LB. He'll likely be a Rivals250 player when those ratings released. He is Clemson's 8th 2011 commitment, out of a likely 20 signees. He was recruited by Kevin Steele.

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