Smith talks Clemson commitment

Cannon Smith, the newest addition to Clemson's 2014 recruiting class, shares what's it's like to have a lifelong dream come true.

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Smith is the son of Clemson board of trustees member Bill Smith, who also played on the 1981 national championship team.

The Smiths were in town for last Friday's All In Cookout. That's when Cannon decided to go ahead and commit to Dabo Swinney.

"I really love the atmosphere, the brotherhood of the football team," Smith told CUTigers after committing last week. "I really love coach Swinney and what he does for the team. He really hyped me up when he talked about what Clemson was about. I just got really excited and wanted to commit right there."

Smith picked up his offer from Clemson before he left Swinney's camp in June. The Hammond School [Columbia] junior had no other offers, but was receiving interest from South Carolina and North Carolina.

The competition never really had much of a chance anyway.

"I knew in my heart I always wanted to go there. It was just an incredible feeling knowing my dream of being a Tiger was going to come true," Smith said. "Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be one of the football players running down the hill and playing in Death Valley. It finally got to come true. I was really thrilled about that."

When asked what his favorite memory of Clemson football is, Smith said, "Those 25 seconds, running down the hill.

"It happens before every game, but it's just the hype of crowd, how pumped up the players get. It really pumps me up too, and I'm just sitting there watching the game. I just want to go out there and play with them right then, right there."

As a sophomore, Smith had 20 catches for 387 yards and four touchdowns. Top Stories