Waldorf (Md.) Thomas Stone junior defensive back Juwuan Briscoe visited Clemson on Saturday, and from the moment he stepped on campus he knew he wanted to be a Tiger.
"When I first got there I could just feel it. I just felt like this is where I should be," Briscoe said. "I decided just about thirty minutes after I left my visit. I called coach [Dabo] Swinney and I told him I wanted to be a Clemson Tiger."
Saturday marked the end of a hectic month for the 6-foot, 185-pounder, who burst on to the recruiting scene after running an impressive 4.43 40-yard dash at the Washington, D.C. Nike Football Training Camp last month.
Briscoe quickly picked up offers from N.C. State, Maryland, West Virginia, and Clemson following his stand out performance at the NFTC. With his recruitment heating up, Briscoe hit the road to visit several schools over the weekend. After visiting N.C. State and North Carolina on Friday, Briscoe ended his southern tour with a visit to Clemson on Saturday.
"I met up with my recruiter coach [Mike] Reed early Saturday. First they showed us the academic buildings, the coaches offices and rooms, and then they took us on a tour of campus," Briscoe said. "I liked how everything was together in one area and the weight room and the football facilities were really impressive. We also got to see and where they are building the new facility indoor, that looks really cool too."
One thing that stood out to Briscoe the pride everyone on campus had for the Clemson community and football program.
"The thing I noticed about Clemson was their fan base is really strong," Briscoe said. "When I was walking around, people were coming up and saying good things about Clemson. Everyone just seemed to love it, and I just loved the atmosphere and environment there, it felt great."
Briscoe said his relationship with his recruiter, defensive backs coach Mike Reed, also played a key role in his decision.
"Me and coach [Mike] Reed we had a connection ever since we started communicating so that was a major thing for me," Briscoe said. "He is just kind of like my family members. We can talk about anything, he will tell me about his life and I tell him want is going on up here."
Briscoe continued, "He [Reed] is kind of crazy and loud like my family, but at the same time I know he will teach me a lot of things about football and being a man."
Briscoe primarily played running back and safety during his junior season, however at Clemson, defensive backs coach Mike Reed hopes to utilize Briscoe's athleticism at the cornerback position.
"[Reed] said he would play me everywhere once I learn everything defensively, but mostly he sees me as a cornerback," Briscoe said. "But once everything is clicking in the classroom, he said would put me anywhere."
"Coach [Mike] Reed said he wants me to really just focus on working on my technique and learning how he likes his corners to play," Briscoe said. "He wants me to be able to play man, to blitz, he just wants me to be able to do everything. He told me a couple drills I could do so I will be able to play the way he wants me to."
Briscoe said one of the best moments of the day was taking part in the long time Clemson football tradition of running down "The Hill".
"It was really exciting. I am looking forward to the real deal with the crowd and everything," Briscoe said. "I also got to take a picture by Howard's Rock, that was awesome."
After that, Briscoe could hardly contain himself when he finally met head coach Dabo Swinney, and he nearly committed on the spot. "Coach Dabo] Swinney introduced himself to me and my mom, and he was telling us how they do things at Clemson and why they have had success the past few years," Briscoe said. "I think he kind of knew that I wanted to commit when we were talking, but he wanted me to talk it over with my mom and everything and then call him when I wanted to make my decision."
After a brief discussion with his mom, Briscoe knew he didn't need to think about it any longer. Clemson was the right place for him.
"When I called coach [Dabo] Swinney and told him I was ready he was really excited," Briscoe said. "It feels great. It was kind stressful with all the coaches coming in this past month and everything. It was hard focusing on school and my team and worrying about this season, so now I am just back to normal life…it's great."
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