Weighing in on Venables

Selected Clemson commitments talk with CUTigers about the anticipated arrival of Brent Venables and their expectations for the defense going forward.

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 at Oklahoma.

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 Venables.

"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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