Gibson talks Tiger pledge

Three-star safety Jefferie Gibson arrived to Clemson on Saturday with every intention of committing to the Tigers.

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It had been just a week since his de-commitment from N.C. State, but Gibson felt he was ready to jump on board with Clemson on Saturday night. So, several hours before the 38-35 win over Georgia, the Gray's Creek High School senior [Hope Mills, N.C.] senior pulled the trigger.

"It felt right and it was in my heart. That's where I wanted to go and I did it before the game because I had faith that the program would do something that hasn't been done before," Gibson said.

While in Dabo Swinney's office with some family friends, Gibson committed.

"He had no clue because he started off by telling me to do what was best for me and not rush anything, and how they had been talking about me everyday in their meetings," Gibson said. "When I told him, his face was fully of joy and he was like, ‘Man, are you serious?'

"I said, ‘Yes, coach.' He grabbed me and embraced me with a huge hug and said, ‘Welcome to the family.' And he was excited to have me."

Afterwards, Gibson watched a game that certainly lived up to the hype.

"I loved it," he said of the game. "The fans are passionate. I had fans recognize me from past recruiting sites. And past players such as Dwayne Allen and Rashard Hall embraced me as part of the family."

During his junior season, Gibson had 70 tackles and four interceptions. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 95 safety in the class of 2014.

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