D-Day for Clemson linebacker target Spencer Lytle is Saturday. August 4th is the date he set for his decision and Clemson and Wisconsin are the two schools he’s considering. He visited both schools twice and each is pushing hard. The decision is not easy.
“I am still sorting through it. Definitely a tough decision,” Lytle said this week. “I really love the schools and coaches.”
The coach at Clemson he’s most in touch with is defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables.
“He told me again Sunday that coming to Clemson will be an easy transition for me,” Lytle said. “Coach Venables said, ‘I’ve watched you practice and you fit perfectly with what we do on defense. We lose seven guys over the next two years and coming in early along with your high football IQ lines you up to play early at Clemson.’ He stresses that I have the ability to play any of the linebacker spots at Clemson.”
Clemson is taking steps with this recruiting class to prepare for their linebacker departures. Four are already in the books and Lytle knows there’s room for a fifth.
“It was pretty big that Coach Venables reached out to my family after the last few LB commits, assuring me that I have a spot at Clemson if I choose to commit on the 4th,” Lytle continued. “I have a great relationship with Coach Swinney and Coach Venables. I also have a strong shot to play early at Clemson and be part of a National Championship. Coach Venables stressed that coming in January 2019 is a huge advantage to get on the field early. Our high school also runs the same defense according to Coach V.”
Wisconsin has done its best to counter, if not trump Clemson, when it comes to pitching its advantages to Lytle. He has listened and absorbed that rhetoric as well.
“At Wisconsin I have a great relationship with Coaches (Bobby) April, (Jim) Leonhard and (head coach Paul) Chryst,” he said. “In addition, the current commits literally communicate daily on getting me to Wisconsin. I played well in a 3-4 defense last year and am very comfortable playing in space or off the edge. I believe Wisconsin can compete for a National Championship. Like Clemson, I will have a shot to get on the field early at Wisconsin.”
Lytle is coming off a season of 77 tackles and 7 sacks. He is on the watch list for the high school Butkus Award.