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Register eyes immediate future

Chris Register has been much more focused on his current team this fall than on picking his future team.

Chris Register hopes to see Alabama and Clemson play this year.

"I haven't been on any visits recently," he said. "I'm trying to get a ring this year."

The four-star 2014 outside linebacker and his teammates at Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley currently are 6-4, and begin playoff action this week.

Register, the No. 113 prospect nationally and No. 6 player in North Carolina in his class, has been a big part of Dudley's success. He said he is noticeably better than he was in 2011, and chalks that up mostly to his increased knowledge of the game.

"I'd say I'm smarter," Register said. "Last year, when I saw something I'd run to it. This year, I'm a lot smarter. I'm reading more keys. During film [sessions], we study more than just what guards are doing. We study how the running backs have their hands on the ground, how they line up behind the quarterback. All that stuff. When we see it, we can react to it."

Register's last college trip was Oct. 6 to Raleigh, N.C., where he watched N.C. State upset then-unbeaten Florida State.

"It was a good game," he said. "It wasn't the outcome everybody else expected."

A handful of colleges have stopped by to watch Register play this fall.

"I know North Carolina, Clemson, Alabama and N.C. State [have]," Register said. "I just play like they're not there. I'd rather not even know that they're there, but people tell me about it. It doesn't change the way I play. I don't think too much about it because I've still got another year."

At this point, Alabama and Clemson continue to stand out, Register said. The Tigers have offered; the Tide has not. He camped at both schools this summer.

"I like Alabama because it's Alabama," Register said. "They're on top of every poll. Clemson was the first to notice me when I was a sophomore. That started everything for me. After that offer, other offers started coming. I get Clemson stuff [in the mail] like every day. Alabama, too."

North Carolina and N.C. State also appear to be in the mix. In addition to visiting the Wolfpack, Register attended a Tar Heels game in September and gave that trip good reviews.

"I talked [on the phone recently] to North Carolina and Duke," Register said. "They tell me they want me to come over and see how I feel on campus. The people I've been to [see] want me to keep coming."

Once his team's season is over, Register hopes to get back on the road and check out more places.

"I want to try to make it to a Clemson game and an Alabama game," he said.

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