Tigers Land the Big One!

For the second consecutive year, the Clemson Tigers have pulled what some would consider to be a "signing day surprise."

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Last year, it was Antonio Clay. This year, it's C.J. Spiller.

The 5-star running back, who is currently rated as the nation's No. 4 running back according to Scout.com, gave a public verbal commitment to Clemson University Wednesday morning in a press conference held at his school in Lake Butler, Fla.

Spiller, who was recruited to Clemson by wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney, chose the Tigers over Florida, Florida State, Southern California and Miami.

"I had a choice to make and I had to buckle down and make a decision," said Spiller. "This was the most important in my football career and academic career.

"Now, what everybody has been waiting on .... in the fall of 2006 I will enroll at Clemson University."

In recent days, Spiller narrowed his top schools to Clemson, Florida and Florida State. Many thought the 5-star back would stay in his home state of Florida- possibly signing with his favorite team growing up - Florida State, or with Florida - a school that is less than 50 miles from his hometown of Lake Butler.

Not so.

In fact, this marks the second consecutive year that Clemson has surprised a national program on Signing Day. Last year, LB Antonio Clay chose the Tigers after many thought he would sign with Oklahoma.

The addition of Spiller to the 2006 recruiting class gives the Tigers the potential to have one of the most explosive offensive backfields in the country. Spiller will team with fellow running back James Davis to give the Tigers two legitimate threats to score anytime they touch the ball.

Spiller's signing will also bolster the Tigers' 2006 recruiting class ranking, which is currently ranked 24th according to Scout.com.

As a junior, Spiller rushed for 1,415 yards and 20 touchdowns. Last year, he ran for over 1,800 yards rushing on 167 carries and 30 touchdowns.

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