Tight end Jay Jay McCullough of Nation Ford committed to Clemson on Thursday.

McCullough (6-5, 235) picked the Tigers over offers from South Carolina, Alabama, Miami, East Carolina, Connecticut, N.C. State, Duke and Kentucky. McCullough also plays running back in high school. Last season, he had 35 catches for 300 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 544 yards and 9 touchdowns.

"He's aggressive and does a great job in the open field," said Nation Ford coach Michael Allen. "He'll play in the slot and at wide receiver as a senior. He has great hands, great speed and is an excellent jumper."

McCullough is the 17th commitment for Clemson's 2012 class, including two players from the 2011 class the Tigers placed in prep school and plan to resign.


LSU assistant coach Steve Kragthorpe was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and is relinquishing his duties as offensive coordinator.

Kragthorpe will remain as quarterbacks coach while offensive line coach Greg Studrawa was elevated to offensive coordinator.