S Darius Gaither
6-1, 200, 4.4
Fairfield-Central High School
Winnsboro, South Carolina
One of the top defensive backs in South Carolina told CUTigers.com Monday evening that he'll sign with Clemson on National Signing Day in February.
"I committed to Clemson," Darius Gaither told CUTigers.com in an interview Monday evening.
"I actually made my commitment two days ago. I called Coach Scott and Coach Bowden and told them I want to come to Clemson," he said.
So why make the commitment now?
"Well time was winding down," Gaither responded. "My grandmother really liked Clemson and so did I. I didn't want to wait any longer. This will also give the other teams that were recruiting me time to look elsewhere."
According to Gaither, the Clemson coaching staff was ecstatic with the news. "They were both surprised and very happy. I was one of the top players they were after so I made their recruiting a little better," he added.
Gaither checks in as a three-star prospect and the No. 30 safety prospect in the nation according to Scout.com. He had already scheduled official visits to Clemson and Tennessee before making his decision.
As a junior, he recorded 87 tackles, 16 pass breakups and seven intereceptions. He also returned four punts for touchdowns. As a senior, the Fairfield-Central standout, who was recently named to the 69th Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, held offers from several major D-I programs including Clemson, Auburn, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.
But in the end, he chose Clemson.
Gaither is the 14th verbal commitment in the 2006 recruiting class. The Tigers are expected to sign approximately 20 prospects on National Signing Day.
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