Javarius Leamon has heard the opinion that he will choose between South Carolina and Clemson.
Leamon might pick one of those schools, but the offensive lineman from Woodruff (S.C.) High School insists he’s open to playing elsewhere. Leamon told MrSEC there’s a 50 percent chance he chooses a school outside of his home state.
“Getting away from home,” Leamon said for the motivation. “Trying to do new things and see other places. The atmosphere at every school is really good.”
Leamon has several really good schools to consider. Along with South Carolina and Clemson, Leamon has offers from Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt and others. He said he’s already visited Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina and Clemson.
Leamon’s interest in Auburn and Georgia isn’t a slight to the in-state schools. In fact, South Carolina and Clemson are still considered the favorites in his recruitment.
Leamon said he’s noticed that star prospects Alshon Jeffery, Marcus Lattimore and Jadeveon Clowney have all decided to stay in state and play for South Carolina in the last three years. Leamon said that shows the Gamecocks are headed in the right direction.
“I like the atmosphere on game day,” he said of South Carolina. “It’s a good school and the coaches are pretty cool.”
The relationship Leamon builds with each school’s coaching staff will be a factor, too.
“I want to go somewhere I feel comfortable with everybody,” he said. “It needs to feel like a family.”
Patrick Destefano isn’t family, but his friendship will be another factor for Leamon to consider. Destefano, an offensive lineman from Roebuck, S.C., committed to Clemson in May and has made a pitch for Leamon to do the same. “He’s telling me to go where I feel best,” Leamon said. “At the same time, he ants me to go to Clemson with him.”
Leamon, who’s considered the nation’s 90th-best prospect by 247Sports.com, said he doesn’t have a timetable for a decision.