Clemson continued the job of replenishing the defensive end position for the future Wednesday with a commitment from Clelin Ferrell of Richmond, Va.
The 6-5, 220-pound Ferrell is the second defensive end to commit to Clemson which loses Vic Beasley, Corey Crawford and Tavaris Barnes after this season.
He is Clemson's 18th commitment for the 2015 class.
Ferrell picked the Tigers over USC, Virginia Tech, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State and Tennessee from an overall list of 25 offers.
Ferrell visited Clemson for the spring game and after that visit moved the Tigers up on his list of favorites.
"It was more of just the people there," Ferrell said. "The atmosphere there when I went up for the spring game ... the live, actual regular-season game and I liked that. Basically, my relationship with the coaching staff is just great. I really like the coaches. They are great guys - Coach (Brent) Venables, Coach (Marion) Hobby and Coach (Dabo) Swinney and all of the guys I talk to a lot. That was the biggest reason. And, then academic wise, they have great academics. I want to study either sports nutrition, sports management or kinesiology."
While Ferrell kept followers in suspense until his announcement on Wednesday, he admits that he's known for a while that Clemson would be he choice.
"Basically, I have known for about a month where I wanted to go," Ferrell said. "I was trying to hold out as long as I felt like I could, to just to see if any other schools were going to change my mind. That's basically what it was. I told people that I'm not the type of person that's going to hold off until National Signing Day. When I was ready to make it, I decided I was going to make it, so that's why I pushed it to this day."
Last season Ferrell had 60 tackles including 26 for loss and 6.5 sacks. He joins LaSamuel Davis of Bamberg-Ehrhardt as defensive end commitments. Davis committed last weekend. - Former USC commitment Arden Key of Atlanta announced a new pledge to the Gamecocks on Tuesday night on Twitter .
The 6-6, 217-pound Key picked the Gamecocks over Oregon, Miami, LSU and Ole Miss.
"I just couldn't wait any longer," Key said. "I knew it was South Carolina and I just wanted to put it out there. The coaches already knew I was committed. I told them a long time ago. I would tell you if I could remember when. I just knew it has to be South Carolina."
Key originally committed to USC nearly a year ago and de-committed in September the same day close friend and former teammate Wesley Green decommitted from USC. Green later signed with the Gamecocks in February, and now Key plans to follow his lead again.
"I chose USC because of the love I got from the fans," he said. "Also, I have a great relationship with coach (Lorenzo) Ward. I feel like I can go to him with anything, not just football."
While Key said he is one hundred percent committed to South Carolina, he will take one or two other official visits besides his one with the Gamecocks.
Key had more than 100 tackles and eight sacks last season. He had a dozen sacks as a sophomore.
He is the 12th commitment for USC's 2015 class and the second defensive end.