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Clemson continues to reel in highly-rated defensive end verbals

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Late this past week, Clemson landed a nonbinding verbal commitment from a player who’s not only the top defensive end in the country, but the consensus No. 1 player at any position in the country in the Class of 2013.

A couple of days later, the Tigers have landed another verbal from another highly-rated player at the same position.

According to multiple media outlets, Avon (Ind.) High School end Elijah Daniel verbally committed to Clemson Sunday afternoon.  The verbal comes shortly after the four-star recruit’s first-ever visit to the school.

They answered all of my questions,” Daniel told of his decision to commit less than eight months ahead of signing day. “Other schools I visited didn’t jump off the charts with all of the answered questions Clemson was able to provide. The coaching is good and I got a good feel for everybody.” rates Daniel as the No. 13 strongside end in the current class, while and has the 6-4, 253-pounder rated as the No. 4 and No. 8 end, respectively.  In addition to Clemson, Daniel has also visited, among others, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan State and Notre Dame.  His myriad scholarship offers also included Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Daniel indicated that, in all likelihood, he was done taking visits, official or otherwise.

“I’m pretty much done,” Daniel said. “Right now I really like Clemson. It’ll probably will be home there because I’ve already been to all of the other places I was interested in.”

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12 Responses to “Clemson continues to reel in highly-rated defensive end verbals”
  1. t16rich says: Jun 17, 2012 5:21 PM

    2007 draft – Gaines Adams (R.I.P.), 4th overall. 2008 draft – Phillip Merling, 32nd overall.
    2011 draft – Jarvis Jenkins 41st, Da’Quan Bowers 51st overall.
    2012 draft – Andre Branch 38th overall.

    2 years I didn’t list 09 and 10, there were 2 d-linemen drafted, Ricky Sapp being one who was once rated well higher then he was actually drafted. And Bowers was projected as a top 5 pick until injury news arose. I think it’s safe to say the NFL scouts are liking what Clemson is producing on the defensive line, and that kids might be choosing Clemson based off their recent history with getting D-Linemen into the draft.

  2. canetic says: Jun 17, 2012 5:29 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure a DL is choosing Clemson because of their history of producing mediocre linemen. Or maybe there is another rea$on.

  3. t16rich says: Jun 17, 2012 5:48 PM

    canetic says:
    Jun 17, 2012 5:29 PM
    Yeah, I’m sure a DL is choosing Clemson because of their history of producing mediocre linemen. Or maybe there is another rea$on.

    I never said they were stud linemen. I was just stating a fact that they have a recent history of getting their guys at that position drafted fairly high.

  4. marooncat79 says: Jun 17, 2012 5:52 PM

    Ummm, not sure how to say this, but he will not be eligible to play for a couple of yrs. I know, I know (I have an agenda, I hate Clemson, I am stupid), but trust me on this one.

  5. jonkybon says: Jun 18, 2012 8:20 AM


    I believe the biggest problem with your list is the fact Clemson changed their DE coach before the 2011 season. They still have an outstanding position coach and Venables is going to make the entire defense better as well as more accountable, but the coach that groomed most of the DE’s has changed. Now if they can teach Goodman to play instead of thinkings, he will be a first round pick as well.

    With the commits, current talent at the DLine and LB positions and with the quality of Clemson’s current staff, they should be favored to win the ACC for several more years.

    BTW Marooncat, according to the NCAA both Nkemdiche and Daniel have already qualified academically and only need to graduate, so I’m not sure what you are talking about.

  6. grudenthediva says: Jun 18, 2012 2:17 PM

    ““They answered all of my questions,” Daniel told of his decision ”

    Questions like:
    Do I get early playing time?
    Can my high school coach get another “special assistant” job?
    Does mom get her choice of BMW?
    Can I keep the hostess?

  7. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jun 18, 2012 2:38 PM

    I have no idea if Clemson is paying players or not but they have made some major hauls in recruiting lately. My guess is that the NCAA will be looking at them in the near future.

  8. roltyd says: Jun 18, 2012 6:39 PM

    Its early playing time, and a bag of Clem’s weed (JK), lol. Seriously, congrats to Coach Dabo, I hope you have the pieces now to fix that leak in the defense that WVU abused in the Orange Bowl. We’re rooting for ya, Dabo. BTW, kick li’l brother’s (AU) in the opening game this upcoming season!!


  9. 10of14 says: Jun 18, 2012 9:07 PM

    Next program to get hit with penalties. There coach has a sweet package that rivals coaches that have actually won something big. He is a win at all costs type of coach if you look at his bonus package. NCAA is on this trust me…

  10. patriottony says: Jun 19, 2012 9:28 AM

    You know what is that people can’t enjoy the sport for what it is. They have this pathetic tiny penis envy or something. I mean USC, Alabama, LSU, Florida and even the puking chickens in SC, have had major NCCA violations. The Fighting Chickens are under suspension right now,,for god sake! Yet we have to pick and taunt and act like 10 year olds. Last year Clemson self reported that three players got FREE cookies at a booster dinner,,,Free cookies? Then another player forget his perdiem (lunch money), so a coach lent him 5 dollars at Mcdonalds, again self reported,,,,in the wake of OSU, PSU and the others,,,this is all you got? Pick on Dabo? In all fairness in the last ten years Clemson has produced (7) 1st rd defensive picks and two more 1st rd offensive picks,,thats about one a year,,not shabby. CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

  11. avallstar says: Jun 19, 2012 10:46 AM

    Who wouldn’t be excited to play for a defense that gave up 70 points in their bowl game. Must be early PT available right?? right??

    Clemson and UNC are so damn good at landing 5* DL. Very strange. Oh wait……


  12. avallstar says: Jun 19, 2012 10:54 AM

    How can all that talent lead to so many losses? Oh that’s right, paid mercenaries don’t care about college W’s and L’s. “Just get me to the league, son!!!”

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