After spending the day and night at Clemson Saturday, Elijah Daniel decided it was time to pull the trigger. He gave his verbal pledge to Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney in Swinney's office Sunday morning.
"They said they were very excited to have me and all of that, and this was a big decision, so make sure I'm all in, so that's what I said, I'm all in," Daniel said.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end didn't plan on committing to Clemson before the visit, but after talking to the coaches, he just couldn't resist.
"It caught me off guard to tell you the truth. This is the first time out of all the visits I went on that the school has answered every single one of my questions that I was looking for in a school," he said.
"Everybody has nice facilities and all of that, it wasn't even about that. It was just about sitting down with all the coaches, hearing what they had to say, watching film, just seeing the position I'd be playing and all of that."
Daniel says he's excited about playing defensive end and a little outside linebacker as well.
"They run a little 4-3 and 3-4, so I'll be playing the d-end in the 4-3, and in the 3-4 I'll just be playing outside to rush in, like open to the field to rush," he said.
More than anything, it was the vibe he got when he was around the Clemson coaching staff that meant the most to him.
"(I appreciate) the family atmosphere, they really care about their players, it's not just strictly football, it's the stuff outside of football."
Daniel recently named a top 15 schools of Indiana, Florida, Miami, Florida State, Tennessee, Missouri, Ole Miss, Clemson, Marshall, Kentucky, Arizona State, West Virginia, South Florida, Syracuse, and Georgia. He says he may still take other visits and look into other programs.
"At this point I'm not sure (about other visits), it's a possibility," he said.
"(One a scale of one to ten) I'll probably be close to a ten, around an eight, eight or nine."
Elijah Daniel commits to Clemson
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