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Clemson's Tavien Feaster says he'll play for Gamecocks or Hokies this fall

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Clemson's Tavien Feaster (28) avoids several South Carolina tacklers on his way to a touchdown against the Gamecocks on Nov. 24, 2018, in Clemson. File/Richard Shiro/AP

Former Clemson running back Tavien Feaster said Wednesday he will be playing football this fall at either South Carolina or Virginia Tech.

Feaster, one of the top undeclared graduate transfers in the country, must complete his undergraduate degree from Clemson first. The Spartanburg native said he is a couple of weeks away from finishing the academic work needed to graduate in August with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

“One-hundred percent. I’m going to graduate," he said. That is no problem.”

Feaster said his football future is down to the Gamecocks or the Hokies. He has visited each this summer. He took an unofficial visit to Blacksburg, Va., where he got the chance to meet with head coach Justin Fuente.

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“I liked it. I liked the players,” Feaster said. “I got to hang out with the offensive linemen. And in the program they don’t have a feature running back, and running back is the only spot they are willing to take a grad transfer.”

Feaster said Virginia Tech has remained in constant contact and he talked recently with recruiter Jafar Williams.

As for USC, he said he hasn’t heard much from the Gamecocks since the recruiting dead period started.

“I went to a 7-on-7 at South Carolina to watch my high school play and I talked to the coaches while I was up there a little bit. They said I can come in and help them,” Feaster said. “Both schools have pros and cons. I couldn’t make a decision right now between the two. When I sat down and put it all on paper and in perspective, those two stood out.”

Feaster said there is no chance he will return to Clemson.

“No sir, I think my time is up at Clemson,” he said. “I needed more opportunities at Clemson. I went from first  team to third last spring (2018), and that was a blow. I thought this spring (2019) was my best spring. I feel like I had best my spring and left my mark there.

“I can carry a load for a team,” Feaster continued. “If I felt like I couldn’t carry the load, I wouldn’t have left Clemson. I feel like I’m the best in the country. I feel like given my opportunity, I will be the best in the country.”

Graduation is in August but Feaster said he doesn’t plan to wait that long on deciding between the Gamecocks and Hokies.

“As soon as my grades are in,” he said. “But I could wake up one morning and just be feeling it, whatever I feel is the most comfortable situation, and getting the chance to accomplish what I want to accomplish.”

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Feaster leaves Clemson with career totals of 1,330 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns, and 23 receptions for 183 yards and one touchdown. He played in 41 games, starting 11. His per carry average of 5.99 is second all-time at Clemson behind Travis Etienne.

Feaster was named Mr. Football in South Carolina following the 2015 season at Spartanburg High School when he accounted for over 2,000 total yards and 22 touchdowns. He also was the state’s premier sprinter in high school and holds the state record for the 200 meters.

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