Rooks commits to Clemson

Patrick Rooks made a dream come true Monday night when he called coach Brad Brownell and committed to the 2013 Clemson signing class.

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A day after the Charlotte Christian School (North Carolina) sophomore visited Clemson, he pulled the trigger and made a commitment to the Tigers.

"The visit yesterday, it was big," Rooks told on Monday night. "We met with coach Brownell for about two hours in all. We walked around campus and went to Vickery Hall, the academic part of it. Just the academic support there it's unreal. I was just in shock."

The three-star prospect wanted to get back home and talk it over before making the important decision.

"I was really close to committing yesterday," he said. "I wanted to talk to my coaches, my AAU coach and my high school coach, and hear what they had to say. I wanted to talk more about it with my parents.

"That was really big for me, to get their approval. My mind was kind of set, but I just wanted to get their opinions, to make sure I was doing the right thing."

The Anderson native has followed Clemson for quite some time now. The Tigers were already the front-runner, even before the offer. After receiving the offer, it was only a matter of time.

"No disrespect to the other schools, I like some other schools, but Clemson, the visit yesterday opened my eyes. I was impressed," Rooks said.

He placed the phone call to Brownell on Monday night around 8 p.m.

"I called coach Brownell. He was busy. He was at a speaking engagement. He told me, when he got off stage, that he was very excited for me," Rooks said. "He and his staff were very excited about me."

His recruitment to Clemson started when he was heading into the eighth grade. While on campus for a camp, he was bumped up to the high school age group.

"They showed me loyalty the whole time," Rooks said. "They never backed off during my ups and downs. They stuck with me the whole time. I respect that. Coach Brownell, he's just an honest person. I really like that about a coach."

The 6-foot-3, 160-pound shooting guard has several goals set for himself, now that his recruitment has come to a close.

"It definitely gives me motivation for the Clemson basketball team. I want to get bigger, improve my vertical, get my shot better," Rooks said. Top Stories