CLEMSON – Unlike a year ago when Clemson signed a pair of five-star linebackers on signing day in Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony there has been little drama on signing day at Clemson on Wednesday.
The only mild surprise was Clemson picking up a letter of intent from three-star prospect D.J Reader, a 6-foot-3, 306-pound offensive guard who coach Dabo Swinney said will also play baseball at Clemson.
Reader is the 20th signee in Clemson’s 2012 class which barring any late-day surprises is complete. Reader could become the largest pitcher in the ACC.
“He’s a big athlete,” Swinney said of Reader. “He plays three sports and I love that. He’s very competitive. He’s also going to play baseball for us here. He has a 93 mph fastball.”
“It’s a great class,” Swinney said. “We graduate a lot of linemen so we were able to meet all our needs but in particularly up front in the trenches, on both sides. The thing that is most exciting to me is we have eight mid-year enrollees, guys that already here already here in our program four are offensive linemen, one is a defensive lineman.”
In addition to the incoming linemen Clemson landed potential stars like quarterback Chad Kelly, defensive back Travis Blanks and receiver Germone Hopper. Four-star defensive tackle Carlos Watkins is the top-rated defensive lineman in the class.
Clemson was hoping to three-star defensive end Kenderius Whitehead to its class but Whitehead chose to attend N.C. State on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for Clemson, ACC Atlantic Division rival Florida State is having a banner day, picking up the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle, Eddie Goldman, to push the class up to No. 2 nationally according to ESPN.
The only Clemson commitment not to sign was OL Javarius Leamon who recruiting analyst Phil Kornblut reports has academic hurdles to clear.