USC starting to show interest in Georgia defensive tackle

April 18, 2014 

Car trouble prevented DL Russell Ude (6-3 260) of Atlanta from attending Clemson's spring game Saturday but it has not deterred his enthusiasm for the program. Ude said this was his third attempt to visit and something always seems to prevent the trip.

"I've got expired tags on my car so I can't drive it right now and my mom's car was having break issues," he said. "It's frustrating because I really want to get up there."

Ude has a lot of offers but is still waiting on one from the Tigers. "I think they might have offered me this weekend if I had gone up," Ude said. "I just haven't been able to meet with coach (Marion) Hobby in person. I think they want to confirm a few things, like my size, and talk to me in person."

Ude has strong interest in Clemson and is placing a lot of importance on his education. "It's a great school academically and my parents aren't going to let me go anywhere that doesn't have a good academic reputation," he said. "They're also a great program with a great tradition and they're graduating six defensive linemen next year, so that's important."

Ude thinks a Clemson offer could lead to an offer from USC.

"My coach is good friends with coach (Lorenzo) Ward and they've been talking about me," Ude said. "USC is talking to my coach more than me but I think they're showing interest. It's the number one International Business school in the country and they're known for their defenses."

Ude plans to visit Southern Cal, UCLA, Cal, Notre Dame, Miami, Boston College and Penn State this summer among others. His offers include Boston College, Cal, Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Harvard, Louisville, Kentucky, Miami, NC State, Michigan State, Penn State, Oregon, Virginia, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt among others. He does not have a favorite.

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