Before the visit, the plan was to wait and see other campuses. Oliver Purnell's program changed the family's thinking.
"We came here with that mindset. I also said that I wouldn't be wowed," Colie Young, Andre's father said. "Since I've been here the only thing I've been doing is saying ‘wow.' We sat down and talked about it and everything felt good. It's close enough to home where the family can watch him play."
Young, a 5-foot-9 winning machine on the AAU circuit out of Albany (Ga.) Deerfield-Windsor, averaged 21.5 points a game as a junior. He was the MVP of the Nike Memorial Day Classic when he starred with the Georgia Blazers.
The Tigers, according to Young's father, presented the point guard with a chance to see the court early in his career. "They're going to be needing some guards in the 2008 class. They felt that he was their No. 1 prospect and they wanted to sew up the deal. Andre goes to private schools and his academics are rigorous. He needs as few distractions as possible and the calls were getting more frequent."
For Clemson, Young was one of two players on campus for official visits. Young, ranked No. 86 by Scout.com and the No. 9 point guard in the class, was joined by another Georgian. "Tanner Smith is down here as well and we're hoping that he commits," Young's father said. "He's an exceptional kid and a great player. We're keeping our fingers crossed that they can be Clemson's backcourt in the ACC."