Wide receiver OrTre Smith of Wando High might have slipped down the Clemson recruiting board a little earlier in the year, but he and his mother found out how high he is now following a meeting of about eight hours at Clemson last week.
The Clemson stop was the second for Smith on a critical tour of schools he’s considering. Earlier in the month he and his mother went to Georgia and South Carolina, and Smith and his godmother checked out North Carolina on Saturday.
At Clemson, the Smiths wanted to know exactly where they stood in the minds of coach Dabo Swinney, and co-offensive coordinators Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott. His mother said they left with a clear picture.
“The most important thing to me was the academic support and they were able to sit down and talk with OrTre about different majors and what type of support they provide to the student-athletes,” said Smith’s mother, Tashia Green, a former Clemson volleyball player. “We talked with Dabo for about an hour and 15 minutes, talking about where we started in recruiting to where we are now.
“Everyone knows that we felt that Clemson had kind of slacked off on OrTre for a good bit, and they were able to explain things and also be more apologetic about what happened because they know there was a lack of communication at some point.
“I’ll say that they made up for it.”
And Green said they understood what Swinney and company had to say and are moving forward with the Tigers.
“OrTre is OK. OrTre is definitely OK,” she said. “He feels better as far as hearing it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, what the situation is.”
Green said her son had a good visit to North Carolina as well, one that was similar to Clemson’s in terms of finding out where he would fit in with the Tar Heels as a wide receiver. He was satisfied with what he heard.
Smith will take a visit to Notre Dame in July. On Wednesday, he’ll release his short list of top schools with no favorite, and he the plan is for him announce on his birthday Sept. 11. Some of his other offers are Louisville, Florida State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and West Virginia.