Linebacker Lateek Townsend announced January 24th he would transfer from Clemson for his final two seasons of eligibility. But now, there’s a chance the former Shrine Bowler and highly touted recruit from Marlboro County will remain with the Tigers.
Nothing is official at this point, but Townsend’s high school coach Dr. Dean Boyd said Monday night Townsend may have the option to remain at Clemson should he complete requirements set out for him by the staff. Boyd said he has not talked to Townsend himself but has gotten that indication from a member of the Clemson staff.
Townsend would have to redshirt in 2013 and earn his scholarship back to remain with the football program. “He is at home and is supposed to be going back for summer school,” Boyd said. “I haven’t talked to him but some of my coaches have. I imagine he would be treated like a walk-on. The feeling I got is he’s going to have an opportunity to come back.”
Contacted thru Clemson sports information director Tim Bourrett, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney responded that he “was not sure yet” about Townsend possibly staying in the program.
Townsend has seen limited playing time in his two seasons with the Tigers primarily because of his inability to play within the defensive scheme. He has been used primarily on special teams.