Grisham Family Sold on Clemson

Coach Dabo Swinney once again went back to his Alabama roots when he received the commitment of Hoover standout Tyler Grisham early last week. caught up with Tyler's father to learn more about Tyler's commitment to the Tigers and the family's relationship with Coach Swinney.

ATH Tyler Grisham
5-11, 185, 4.5
Spain Park High School
Hoover, Alabama

Tyler Grisham became the second verbal commitment of the Clemson Tigers last week when the he made his pledge to wide receivers' coach Dabo Swinney during one of the Tigers' three day summer camps.

While the commitment came as somewhat of a surprise to recruiting enthusaists who were unaware of Grisham's talents, it shouldn't have been.

After all, the Grisham family is all too familiar with Coach Swinney.

"I'm a friend of Dabo's brother Tracy," said Tyler's father in a recent interview with "Dabo came over to my house when Tyler was about eight. He threw the football with Dabo. Dabo told me he was pretty good, so he's know Dabo since then."

Tyler first became interested in the Tigers after attending camp last summer. "We went to camp at Clemson last year. That is what put him on Clemson's doorstep," added Mr. Grisham.

"We sent them some of his tapes. By the time he got to camp this time all of the defensive coaches had already seen him. My understanding is they like him on the defensive side of the ball, but from talking to Dabo he said he could play any of the skill positions."

The Tigers were not the only team very interested in the talented prospect before he made his commitment. "Alabama and Auburn are also looking at him. Oregon has sent him a lot of letters too. There are a lot of schools showing interest."

So why did his son decide to commit to the Tigers so early in the recruiting process? "Because he loves Clemson," said Mr. Grisham. "There is not anything bad to say about it. He loves Coach Bowden."

And how firm is Tyler's commitment to the Tigers with more than 8 months left until signing day?

"Realize he just turned 17 on Friday. Anything can happen but I think it's a solid done deal. I'm definitely sold on it. The coaches say all the right things. The campus is nice. The coaches will be there a while. It doesn't hurt to have a friend there on the coaching staff. And I know Dabo will take care of him at Clemson."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding athlete from Alabama, right up through signing day 2005. Also, stay tuned later today for a full scouting report from Southeastern Recruiting Expert Scott Kennedy. Top Stories