While on their official visits to Clemson last weekend, Ronald Geohaghan and Shaq Lawson each had brief encounters with Brent Venables.
Just a few days after the two Tiger commitments shook hands and exchanged
pleasantries with the then Oklahoma defensive coordinator, Venables was
hired for the same position at Clemson by Dabo Swinney.
"It didn't surprise me, because he was there throughout the weekend, but I
just found out late last night that he was coming," Geohaghan told
CUTigers on Thursday night. "I'm really excited."
On Wednesday night, CUTigers confirmed that Venables would be hired
to replace Kevin Steele, who served as the Clemson defensive
coordinator for the last three years.
Geohaghan hadn't spoken with Venables since his official visit, nor had he
spent much time looking into his background.
"I know that if he decided to leave Oklahoma, which is a real high ranked
team, I figure he just wants to come to Clemson to try to win a national
championship," Geohaghan said.
Venables coached in four BCS national title games during his 13-year stay
Lawson has a little bit better of a grasp on what the former Sooner
assistant likes to do on game day.
"At Oklahoma, I watched them play, he likes to blitz a lot," he said. "I
love trying to get to the ball."
The three-star defensive end was happy to learn that he would play for
"It was good, when I found he took the job. I knew he was going to get
job, because I just felt like he was going to get it anyway. He was the
dude for the job," Lawson said.
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