Lakip commits to Clemson

Ammon Lakip, the kicker/punter from Chattahoochee High, committed to Clemson during his exit meeting with head coach Dabo Swinney on Sunday.

Senior Ammon Lakip joined the 2011 class after picking up an offer from the Tigers earlier this month.

"I just felt like, since I got an opportunity to go to Clemson, it's an opportunity that I couldn't pass it up," he told CUTigers on Sunday morning. "I felt good about Clemson when I visited for soccer."

Lakip was offered a partial scholarship to play soccer at Clemson. He visited campus last spring.

"I guess it just wasn't the right sport," he said.

Lakip wanted to play football at the next level. He chose Clemson over an offer from Georgia Tech.

Auburn offered a greyshirt.

Maryland and Utah had preferred walk-on offers.

Lakip pulled the trigger at the end of his official visit. During Sunday morning's meeting with coach Dabo Swinney, he pledged to join the class.

For his official visit, he arrived to Clemson on Friday afternoon. After dinner on the fourth floor of the West End Zone, Lakip met up with his player host, punter Dawson Zimmerman.

Saturday's events centered around tours of campus and facilities. The visitors also put on jerseys and ran down the hill.

"The best part [of the visit] was probably being on the field and watching a highlight tape on the jumbotron. That was pretty cool," Lakip said.

Upon his arrival to Clemson, Lakip will compete for the field goal kicking spot. He'll also backup Zimmerman next season, and then he'll get a crack at punting.

Lakip made 14 of 20 field goals during his senior season at Chattahooche. He was 2 of 3 from 50 yards or more, including a long of 51 and 63 of 64 extra-point attempts. On kickoffs, 80 percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks

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