Not even a contest

Though it took a little longer than he would have liked, when Ben Boulware got his Clemson offer, it wasn't even close.

MLB Ben Boulware Profile

The Tigers were going to add his commitment. That much was a foregone conclusion.

"At the beginning, I didn't know they were going to offer, so I was looking at other schools -- Georgia, Stanford, Ole Miss and Duke," Boulware said. "But I knew in the back of my mind that I always wanted to go to Clemson. I was just waiting the whole time for them to offer.

"Once they offered, it was a done deal. I was going to commit to them."

Clemson's transition in defensive coordinators -- Kevin Steele to Brent Venables -- slowed down that process.

"That's what Venables told me. When he got there, he had to get settled into place, get used to the whole Clemson system. Once he was kind of used to everything, he started looking at players and looking at recruits," Boulware said. "He finally noticed me. He was wondering why they didn't offer me sooner."

In the final Scout.com rankings, Boulware was the No. 13 middle linebacker in the class of 2013. He was also rated as a four-star prospect.

The T.L. Hanna product will move to Clemson on June 23.

"I've worked my whole life. I've been a Clemson fan my whole life. I've been waiting for this point for the past 18 years. The fact that it's finally coming up…I can't even explain it. It's ridiculous," Boulware said.

He's set the bar high for his first season on campus.

"I expect to go in and hopefully play, get some playing time. I guess that's what every player expects, coming into a college program," Boulware said. "I guess they want the best for themselves.

"I want to go in there -- I know there are a lot of great players in there -- I just want to go in there, try to compete and earn a starting job."

Boulware also looks forward to being on campus with his brother, Garrett, who will be a junior on the baseball team next season.

"That's one of the main reasons I committed to Clemson," Ben said. "My family has all been there and I wanted to stay to close to my brother. I wanted to stay close to my family. That's one of the main reasons I went to Clemson."

It doesn't sound like he'll join Garrett on the baseball team.

"I'm really not sure. The first year, I'm just going to play football. Honestly, probably not, but we'll see how it goes," Ben said.

Boulware, who will wear No. 10 at Clemson, will be roommates with Dorian O'Daniel, Ebenezer Ogundeko and Adrien Dunn.

As a senior, Boulware finished with 174 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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