Kearse to Clemson

Clemson added another elite prospect to its 2013 recruiting class Thursday in the form of four-star standout Jayron Kearse. Originally expected to make his announcement Friday in a press conference at his school, the news broke a day early.

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"It's a place, as far as the coaches, they care about their athletes. They're genuine people," Kearse told CUTigers on Thursday. "I can go in and have an impact as a freshman, so I was like, why wait?"

A one-time commitment to Auburn and Miami, Kearse has now closed down his recruitment by pledging to Clemson.

"I'm finished now. I'm done with everything," Kearse said.

He decommitted from Miami after visiting Clemson in June.

"I saw how beautiful the campus is and how the atmosphere is. Just meeting all the coaches and some of the players, getting a comfort-level with it, that really helped me in my decision," Kearse said.

A two-way standout, Clemson has recruited Kearse as a safety.

"My strengths are on the defensive side of the ball, my instincts," he said. "I'm a long, rangy safety. I can make plays on the ball in the air. I played offense, so when I get a pick, I know what to do with the ball."

As a junior at Cypress Lake, he ran for over 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect now attends South Fort Myers High School, the alma matter of Sammy Watkins.

"He just told me I had to see [Clemson] for myself. When I see it for myself, that's when he really started telling me how it was," Kearse said. "He never, too much, tried to persuade me to coming here. He basically let the campus speak for itself."

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