Jones makes it Clemson

Late Saturday afternoon, Oliver Jones pulled the trigger and made his commitment to Clemson. The pledge makes it No. 14 for the Tigers' 2012 class.

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On Friday, Jones let Clemson wide receivers coach Jeff Scott know that he was ready to make a commitment to the Tigers.

Head coach Dabo Swinney was kept out of the loop until Saturday. That's when Jones made the short trip from Ninety Six to Clemson to tell Swinney in person.

"I told coach Scott last night that I was going to do it," Jones told on Saturday. "We kept it a secret. It was just me and him who knew. We drove up there and surprised coach Swinney today…he was shocked and excited."

A longtime Clemson lean, South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State and East Carolina had offers on the table. Georgia and Alabama were also involved, but neither offered.

In the end -- not surprisingly -- it was Clemson.

"Their commitment to me," Jones said, when asked about the Tigers' appeal. "The family atmosphere when I get there. It's just comfortable -- the school, the coaches, the players -- everything about it."

The No. 47 offensive tackle in the class of 2012 suffered an ACL injury last August and was forced to sit out his entire junior season. Clemson offered first and honored it, even after Jones was hurt.

Though he hasn't fully recovered from the injury, Jones will be ready to roll when practice starts on Aug. 1.

"It's going great. The progression I've made…I'm pretty happy about it," he said.

And Jones is happy about the decision, too. Now he can focus on his final season at Ninety Six High School.

"I made my decision. I know where I'm going. It's Ninety Six time. Well, it's always been Ninety Six time, but I don't have to have that in the back of my mind now," he said. Top Stories