Jake Venables, son of Clemson Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables, has committed to Clemson over offers from Oklahoma, Northwestern,Texas Tech and SMU. He joins Trevor Lawrence and Mike Jones, Jr. as the third commit of the 2018 Clemson class. Jake, who plays at nearby DW Daniel High School, has been a constant force in the middle of the DWD defense this year. With at least an additional 15-20 pounds of extra muscle on his frame for the 2016 season, Jake plays with a reckless abandon and at the same time has laser focus. Venables is real good at picking up running backs and tight ends in formations out of the backfield on pass defense. And with an exceptional football IQ, this coach's son is about as cerebral a player as you could ask for in a high school player. Jake took the time today to tell us about his commitment and what influenced him to pull the trigger for the Tigers and play for his father on the defensive side of the ball.
Here is what Jake had to say:
"I just knew it was time. I knew that they aren't taking very many in our class, so I knew I had to come in and help recruit the rest of my class. And there isn't anywhere else like Clemson. From the people, to the coaches and the university, it's all special. It's an unbelievable education, and on top of that, I live here! My family is here, and it's an honor to play for my dad."
You may recall our coverage of Jake Venables and Daniel High as a part of our Friday Night Lights series, and we will bring you more from his senior season in 2017, so stay tuned to CUTigers.com and the Recruiting Radar Screen forum!