As we told this past week was likely to occur, Clemson just added the final piece to its 2017 recruiting class after gaining the commitment of 4-star running back and Jennings, LA native Travis Etienne on Thursday, his birthday.
Etienne, a one-time Texas A&M commit, had offers from Alabama, LSU, Oregon, Miami, Tennessee and several other Power Five schools. The big-time RB announced his birthday decision just a few moments ago via twitter, selecting the ACC Tigers over his home-state school LSU.
At present, he has made it known he will not be taking an official visit to LSU this weekend as previously planned, but will instead attend his high school football banquet on Saturday night, negating the potential visit to Baton Rouge.
Clemson started the push for Travis after losing the commitment of long-time commit Cordarrian Richardson earlier in December due to allegations of academic impropriety within his high school program. Clemson then reached out to the 4-star running back from the bayou and quickly made it apparent he was a priority prospect.
Shortly after receiving the Clemson overtures and ensuing offer, Etienne and family got an in-home visit from Coach Dabo Swinney and Tony Elliot and then set up an official visit to take place the following weekend in Clemson. That visit went extremely well for Travis and his family, as he was the only prospect on campus for an official visit. It gave the Clemson coaches an opportunity to lay the Orange Carpet out and impress the Etienne family with the Clemson brand of family. We are also positive they were given the “hard hat tour" of the palatial new Clemson Football Operations Center to see what Travis would be enjoying for the next 3 to 4 years.
Stay tuned, as we have a weekend to traverse before National Signing Day, and with Etienne's proximity to LSU and Baton Rouge, a lot of local pressure is sure to follow. Things could get interesting as we wait out the weekend.
But as we have been echoing here on CUTigers.com, “The best is yet to come!”