February 18, 2009

Clemson leads for N.C. linebacker

A lot of prospects talk about the possibility of playing two sports in college but very few actually follow through on that desire.

Charlotte (N.C.) Christian linebacker and baseball player Ty Linton, however, seems especially serious about continuing his playing days on both the diamond and the gridiron.

Because of that one school in particular has his attention.

"I'm actually going up to Clemson's Junior Day on Saturday," he said. "I have recent offers from West Virginia and Duke, and I still have (offers from) Wisconsin and Miami of Ohio.

"With Clemson, I went up there last weekend for a baseball visit. I talked to them a little bit. Obviously I'm interested in them for football but we talked about the possibility of me being a two-sport athlete at Clemson.

"For baseball they can't offer you until the summer (after) your junior year. They really want to offer me, though. They already have a two-sport athlete there -- Kyle Parker. I think we'll be trying to work that out.

"So, I'll be going there on Saturday. The Clemson coaches have basically told me that just off my highlight film they're very interested. They said they want to get me in for the junior day to talk with me and size me up a little bit. It's a strong possibility that it will work out."

If Clemson offers, will the 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker commit?

"If that happens it will be hard to pass up," he admitted. "They're probably my favorite right now. That's where I'm leaning. When I go down Saturday to talk with the coaches I'll get more input on the two-sport thing.

"If they offer it's going to be tough to pass up on. I talked to the linebackers coach at South Carolina and he wanted me to come up to their junior day, which is also on Saturday. I'm pretty committed to going to Clemson this weekend, though."

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