Croley Commits to Clemson

Wide recievers coach Dabo Swinney secured his third verbal commitment from the state of Florida earlier this morning when defensive back Brandon Croley committed to the Clemson Tigers. We talked to Brandon, Brandon's teammate Mike McIntosh, and his coach about his commitment to the Tigers.

"My coach and I called Coach Swinney this morning. Coach Swinney started out asking me how my summer was going and I told him I wanted to be a Tiger. He was screaming on the phone. He told me he was hoping I would commit because I was on the top of his list."

Why did Croley commit so early to the Tigers? "I believe I can come and play as a freshman. We will probably win the ACC and a National Championship over the next few years."

The 6-0, 180 pound Croley has already talked with his teammates, Mike McIntosh and Augustus Ashley, today about his commitment but that should be the topic of conversation at practice tonight. "I talked to Mike. He's thinking about committing as well," stated Croley.

Croley expects to compete for early playing time when he arrives at Clemson. "I just want to play right away. I want to learn the system and hopefully become a starter."

Don't expect Croley to change his commitment as signing day gets closer. "I'm pretty firm on my commitment. I don't think I'll change my mind."

Does Croley expect to be the next Justin Miller? "Better. I plan to make my own name."

Expect Croley to spend the next few weeks working on his teammates to see if he can keep the talented trio together for their collegiate careers.

Does Croley's commitment mean that his teammates may come the Tigers' way as well?

"It definitely helps," McIntosh said. "It would be great to play with him for the next four years. We have become great friends over the last year. It would be nice to continue to compete against each other and make each other better."

"All of us are very tight. Ashley plays defensive back as well. He's an outstanding athlete."

What are the differences between Croley and Ashley? "Croley is more physical. He will jam you up at the line. Ashley is more disciplined. We have an excellent coach that does a great job with the defensive backs."

McIntosh was certainly not surprised by the commitment. "I had an idea because he talked about Clemson all the time," stated McIntosh.

A commitment from McIntosh may come sooner than expected. "It could be soon to tell you the truth. I may take a visit up there soon."

We will continue to keep you updated on this talented trio, right up through signing day 2004. Top Stories