The commitment: DB Jayron Kearse, South Fort Myers HS [Florida]
Date committed: Aug. 2, 2012
Ranked: Four-star, No. 6 OLB
Other choices: Auburn, Miami
Position status: The former commitment to Auburn and Miami, Kearse will play defensive back when he arrives to Clemson. Kearse could potentially fit in at safety and/or the nickel/SAM position that Travis Blanks occupied during his first season on campus. Defensive back, particularly safety, is a position of need for the Tigers. Longtime starters Rashard Hall and Jonathan Meeks both graduated. Blanks will move to free safety, where he is projected to start. Robert Smith is the most experienced option at strong safety. Ronald Geohaghan and Jadar Johnson will also figure into the mix at strong safety.
The evaluation: "Kearse does so many different things well on the football field. He is such a versatile athlete and some schools like him as a wide receiver, some call him an athlete, but Scout likes him as a linebacker. He is a very rangy linebacker that moves with ease. He is going to add a lot of good weight in the years to come and he will need to learn the position once he settles in, but he has a very high ceiling at this position." - Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Estimated impact: 2013. Currently the highest rated prospect in Clemson's 2013 class, Kearse probably won't crack the top 11 on day one, but one could reasonably argue that he should be able to push for time with the starters. Given the lack of established depth at safety, Kearse is likely to avoid a redshirt this fall.
Commitment capsule: Kearse
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