Behind the commitment

Tucker Israel, the 2015 quarterback who committed to Clemson two days before National Signing Day, was ready to pull the trigger the day after he visited.

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Israel made the trip up to Clemson with Lake Nona High School head coach Anthony Paradiso. The left Orlando the Friday before Signing Day for the following afternoon's Junior Day in Clemson. Not long after Israel got back home, he was ready to commit.

So, that Sunday, Israel called Chad Morris.

"I talked to coach Morris for a while. And, he said, the whole family getting up here would be nice, to be able to sit down with coach [Dabo] Swinney in person and have that experience," Israel told CUTigers, during a recent interview.

"But [Morris] said, ‘If you're ready right now, we'll get you on the phone with coach Swinney as soon as possible.' Monday night, I got on the phone with coach Swinney and was able to talk to him."

Late last Monday night, Israel pulled the trigger.

"Coach Swinney and coach Morris' first thoughts were, ‘Why do you get your mom and dad up here.' I was with my coach at the time [of the visit]," Israel said. "I expressed some interest towards them, which may have been a little bit of a surprise, just how interested I was at the time."

The Junior Day visit went a long way towards the commitment.

"When I went up and saw everything, what everybody was talking about, it just kind of clicked," Israel said. "There's nothing wrong with this play. You might as well pick a place that best fits you and I thought was what fit me best, as a student and an athlete."

Israel didn't want to pass up the opportunity to be Clemson's quarterback in 2015.

"[Morris] said he's taking one. That's why I decided to pull the trigger so early," he said.

A return trip to Clemson with his family could be in the works for the spring game, if not sooner.

"That offense they run, it's just something special there. Nobody else really does that…it just felt like it would be an easy transition from my high school football team to college, so that had a big role," Israel said. "Feeling the family aspect that they bring to everything, they're all-in, like they always say. They really mean the whole family thing."

As a junior, Israel passed for 3,979 yards with 40 touchdowns and rushed 456 yards and eight scores.

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