LB Bryton Constantin (6-2 220) of Baton Rouge, LA was a recent visitor to Clemson for a spring practice and he was impressed enough to include the Tigers in his top eight which he released Monday. The others on the list are Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, TCU and Houston. There is no leader right now but Clemson is deep in his thoughts.
“I went up there and I had a really great visit,” Constantin said. “Coach Swinney is a real respectable man. I had a great visit with Coach Venables. I was expecting to have a good time and that’s what I had. They really showed me everything about academics and how they have fun up there, just everything outside of football as well. Everything about the school set a light bulb off in my head. Plus, take into consideration they are one of the top schools in the nation.”
Venables, the Clemson defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, also showed Constantin the future at linebacker with the Tigers and he sees an opportunity for early playing time.
“I know that they are losing a lot of linebackers in the next couple of years,” he said. “I look at playing time, but I know the defense that they run I would be a good fit because I know Coach Venables is going to put me at the correct position, not necessarily what I want to play when I get up there but definitely something that I know he’s going to put me in the right position and I’ll be able to sign at that position.”
Last season, playing both linebacker positions and some defensive end, Contstantin totaled 104 tackles with 23 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. He said what the Tigers saw of him on film is only part of the reason for the attraction.
“I know they like how I communicate on the field. I know more than just my position. I know everybody else’s position on the field. They see on my film how I can help my teammates if they miss up. I’m the quarterback of the defense. I can get to the ball fast. I’m long, not like a true middle linebacker. He saw that I can move laterally and get to the ball.”
Constantin’s high school sits right on the LSU campus yet the those Tigers have yet to make a recruiting move with him.
“They haven’t even offered me. I feel like they will but I just don’t think LSU will be a good fit me,” Constantin said. “I want to get out of the state as well. LSU is going to be recruiting me really late and they are going to be late to the party. I just don’t see myself fitting in too well over there. But I would definitely take it (an offer) into consideration, I wouldn’t just overlook it.”
Constantin also has visited Mississippi State. He said he plans to return to Clemson for the spring game. He does not have a timetable on a decision and at this point is not expecting to sign or graduate early.