The last game wide receiver Diondre Overton, of Greensboro, N.C., attended was Notre Dame at Clemson earlier this month. He'll get another look at the Tigers this Saturday when they play at N.C. State, another one of Overton's favorites. He's been to N.C. State before as well. And since two of his top choices will be facing off, Overton will be in a quandary over which one to root for.
"I'm not even sure," Overton said. "I'm just looking for a big game. I'm definitely going to be looking at how each offense operates and how much they spread the ball out. The last game I went to at NC State they distributed the ball to their X-man or their 9-man, so that's a plus. Every Clemson game that I've seen they've really been getting the ball out. That's basically what they are known for. They really get the ball to their receivers. I think Clemson has really learned how to distribute the ball. Their offense is very productive and explosive."
Overton has seen at Clemson where the Tigers thrive with tall, rangy receivers. At 6-foot-5, Overton fits the bill for that. And the Wolfpack is selling him on the idea they need some size, too.
"They definitely keep saying they don't have a lot of tall guys like me to play that X-position," Overton said. "That's what they are really in need of."
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State is also pushing the idea of staying home to Overton and be the hometown hero. He hears that as well from another of his finalists, North Carolina.
"It's a good thing to stay true to your city or stay in North Carolina but that's not really going to be a big deal for me," he said.
Overton has not scheduled any official visits yet but said Clemson, Tennessee, Nebraska, NC State and North Carolina, his top five, will get those visits. And he won't announce until the Semper-Fidelis Bowl Jan. 3. Before that, he will play in the Shrine Bowl.
Overton does not want to identify a favorite because he wants to save everything for his announcement, but he admits that right now he does have a pretty good feel for where he wants to go.
"If there was a deadline today I feel like I would know where I feel like I'm most comfortable," Overton said. "But I'm still evaluating for sure."