Late Monday night, Rooks, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Charlotte (N.C.) Christian, gave Brad Brownell the nod just a day after a visit to the Clemson campus.
"That's been my number one school since eighth or ninth grade," Rooks told Scout.com. "The visit yesterday really put the nail on the head."
"I love the school," the 6-foot-3 guard said. "I love the staff. I love the community."
"Me going to a school around there for elementary [school], that was big," he added. "I used to get all the announcements over the intercom saying 'come to this game and support the Tigers.' I was just loving that. I never thought I'd see the day that I would become a Tiger."
Rooks, a three-star prospect, is Clemson's first verbal commitment for the 2013 class.