Tigers land first commitment for 2012

The Clemson coaching staff has landed its first verbal commitment for the 2012 recruiting class.

OL Jay Guillermo Profile

One of the visitors for last weekend's junior day received his first offer on national signing day, and it was from his favorite team, Clemson.

Five days later, it didn't take him long to reach a decision.

It's Clemson.

On Thursday, Guillermo called his recruiter of record for Clemson, defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks, and let him know that he was ready to make a silent commitment.

"I talked to my parents. I knew that I was going to end up committing to Clemson. I just loved it," he told CUTigers. "Their coaches are great guys. They're focused on making you a great person, not just a great football player, so I called coach Brooks and talked to him.

"I called Jeff Scott and talked to him, but I never could get in touch with coach [Dabo] Swinney, because he was at an IPTAY meeting, now he's on vacation with some of the coaches. I finally got to talk to him yesterday."

On Super Bowl Sunday, Guillermo decided to make it public.

"It's a 90 percent chance that I'll commit to Clemson," he told CUTigers on signing day. "I'm going to be there for the next four years. It's just something you've got to think about.

"It's a good 90, 95 percent chance I'll commit—maybe wait a couple of months to see if anybody can blow my head off. But it's going to take a lot to change my mind on where I want to go to college."

Guillermo's visit on junior day was the fourth visit to Tigertown. He's camped at Clemson every summer since the eighth grade.

The Army All-American Combine team member is getting interest from several other schools.

He's visited Alabama and North Carolina. Miami, Kentucky and South Carolina have all expressed interest.

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