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Rivers talks new UF, South Carolina offers

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Recruiting continues to pick up for 2015 Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson defensive end/tight end Chauncey Rivers, with several big-time programs starting to come hard after the Rivals Camp Series alum.
"Over the last few weeks I've gotten offers from Florida, South Carolina, Clemson and Marshall," Rivers said.
Rivers added that the three schools talking to him the most right now are South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt. He gave his thoughts on all three schools:
South Carolina: "I've been talking to [defensive coordinator] Coach [Lorenzo] Ward and he's been telling me to focus on my education and work on my defensive end skills. He said I have the body and the size to be kind of like Jadeveon Clowney, I just need to keep getting stronger. He also said they might want to me to play defensive end but also drop back in coverage a couple of times per game like an outside linebacker."
Vanderbilt: "They want me to play defensive line, too. I went up there last summer and I really like the program, they have a good mix of education and football. I think they're recruiting some of the top players in the country and I think this year they'll be one of the top competitors in the SEC."
Florida: "They offered me as a tight end and they said they really like me catching the ball. They said the would line up to block sometimes, sometimes split me out wide and do a lot of different stuff just for me to catch the ball and make plays."
Rivers also recently took a trip to Auburn for a spring practice, where he had a chance to get a closer look at the Tigers new offense.
"Auburn wants me as a tight end, too," he said. "It was a great trip down there. They have a nice facility."
Rivers added that he was impressed with the Tigers new-look offense.
"I think it's great," he said. "I love catching the ball and I also like blocking. It's great to get down field, make a catch and show off my skills."
Rivers said for now he doesn't have a preference between playing offense or defense at the next level, but he said, "it will be a decision I have to make," at some point in the future. For the most part, the Tigers and Gators are the exception, with the majority of schools recruiting him as a defensive end.
Spring football starts early next month for Stephenson High and Rivers said after that he plans to hit a couple of campuses and maybe participate in some camps as well.
"I'm going to visit Vanderbilt and South Carolina this summer," he said. "I think I'm going to go to camp at Clemson, too. [Co-defensive coordinator] Coach [Marion] Hobby told me to come up and check it out so I think that's something I want to do."
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