Latest commitment talks Tigers

The newest member of the 2011 Clemson basketball signing class, Devin Coleman, talks about the commitment he made over the weekend.

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Not long into his first trip to Tigertown, the Friends' Central School (Wynnewood, Pa.) senior decided to join the Tigers' 2011 class.

"It was really into the campus tour when I really decided that I wanted to commit, just seeing everything all the campus, talking to the academic people," Coleman told CUTigers.

"I just liked the support system and the tutoring system that they had…I just felt that everything in place was good and could lead to success."

The Scout.com two-star shooting guard chose Clemson over offers from the likes of Rice, St. Joe's, Temple and Penn State.

Coleman's mom, dad and uncle accompanied him on the trip down to Tigertown. It was at dinner on Saturday night when he decided to make his intentions known.

"I kind of surprised my mom and dad with it," he said. "I kind of talked about it some with my uncle. I was ready to do it. I was kind of nervous. Basically my uncle kind of grabbed everybody's attention and handed it over to me. I just said that I would like to be a Clemson Tiger."

Nearby patrons at Pixie and Bill's overheard Coleman's pledge to Brad Brownell and the rest of his staff.

"People started clapping," Coleman said. "It was a good experience."

Earlier on the trip, Coleman discovered he was already a celebrity in Clemson.

"A couple of people, I guess they read the online stuff. They saw my picture and asked if I was Devin Coleman," he said. "I said, ‘Yes.' I talked with the guy for a little while and he asked me if I would take a picture with his kids."

At Littlejohn Coliseum, where that loyal Tiger fan will watch Coleman play next season, it was also a positive experience.

"The atmosphere was great. I've been to college games before, but never to a game where the fans were so into it. The student section was crazy," Coleman said. "As far as the team plays, the thing that stood out to me the most was the defense. They play hard-nosed defense for 94 feet. They're on the ball all over the court, force some turnovers and create some easy baskets."

At Clemson, Coleman will play shooting guard.

"Obviously, I'll play hard-nosed defense, like all the guards do," he said. "They want me to come in and knock down some shots. They run the motion offense—kind of create, get in there and dish it out—get open shots."

Freshman point guard Cory Stanton served as Coleman's host for the weekend.


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