4-Star DE ready to announce

One of the top defensive ends in the country is set to make his announcement and Clemson is high on his list.

DE Chidi Okonya Profile

For the third consecutive year Clemson had a player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. This time, rather than seeing a wide receiver head to the NFL as a first-rounder, Clemson watched as Vic Beasley was selected eighth overall by the Atlanta Falcons.

A few days later fellow defensive ends Corey Crawford and Tavaris Barnes signed by the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints, respectively, as free agents.

Looking to carry on the tradition of strong defensive end play will be Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd, among others, in 2015.

In the meantime, another defensive end - in the high school ranks - is set to make a decision that will impact the Tigers. 2016 4-star DE Chidi Okonya (Riverdale, GA) from Riverdale High announced his intentions Monday night on Twitter.

The post read, "Spring Game May 15th!!! Decision time after the game!" Okonya went on to name his five finalists as Clemson, Duke, Ole Miss, Stanford and Tennessee.

Okonya spoke with CUTigers this week to give a full update on what is to come next week.

"I'm making the decision possibly around 7pm at Riverdale Park, and if the media is there I will answer questions." Okonya continued saying, "Around that time or whenever the game is over."

Okonya has an impressive list of offers to add to his final five, including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Wisconsin and others. He went on to detail just what has separated his top five from such an impressive list of offers.

"I love the after-college opportunities that could be available at Duke and their prestige for it. Ole Miss has deep tradition in football and is graduating players, as well as giving them a great opportunity to play NFL ball. Clemson is another school with heavy tradition, and I like the way Coach Dabo Swinney coaches with an up-tempo vibe. Tennessee offers many intangibles, has a lot to offer through the business field and develops players. Stanford is a globally ranked institution with many doors to various opportunities, and their program has been a winning one through the times."

The junior 4-star defensive end is listed at 6-foot-6, 211 pounds. Okonya is rated as the No. 4 defensive end coming out of Georgia in the 2016 class.

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