Cloy Commits to Clemson

One of the top offensive linemen in the southeast finally gave a verbal pledge to the Clemson coaching staff Wednesday morning. Mason Cloy, a rising senior out of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, is the fourth offensive lineman to commit to the Tigers in the 2007 recruiting class.

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Spring Valley offensive lineman Mason Cloy finally experienced enough of the recruiting process.

And it just so happened on July 4th that he decided he was ready to go public with a verbal commitment to Clemson University.

"I just spent the holiday in Atlanta with my dad," said Cloy. "I was in the city and there was a smog alert and I was just thinking, 'you know I don't really want to live here.' I just remember thinking to myself that there's no reason to wait until November. So I went ahead and did it. The whole time I already felt at home at Clemson."

So how did Mason tell his family and the Clemson coaching staff?

Well, that's where the story gets interesting.

"I decided yesterday about going and committing to Clemson, and I wanted to tell my dad about it so we went to the mall looking to buy some hats," he said. "I hadn't told him yet but I was looking for a Clemson hat. They had Auburn hats, Southern Cal hats but I couldn't find a Clemson hat. It was crazy. Then finally later on I just told my dad that I was looking for a Clemson hat and he said it was about time!"

Mason then waited until Wednesday morning before calling Clemson offensive line coach Brad Scott and head coach Tommy Bowden to give them the news.

"Coach Scott was returning home from a fly-fishing trip and he pulled off on the side of the road to talk to me about it for a good while," Cloy said. "He was excited."

Col. Cloy, Mason's father who just recently returned to the United States after a tour in Iraq, said both he and Mason's mother couldn't be happier with their son's decision.

"Clemson has been his mom's and dad's favorite from the beginning," said Col. Cloy when reached by telephone Wednesday afternoon. "It just fit Mason. He can go fishing up there and get away. It's central to where we are going to be. We feel real good about it.

"He made the decision yesterday but we wanted to wait and get a Clemson hat today to make it final."

So what's in store next for Mason now that the recruiting process is over with?

"Well I stopped by campus today to finally get my Clemson hat and we took pictures in front of the stadium and everything. Now I'm heading home to tell my girlfriend. After that, I start getting ready for the season. I'm ready to start today."

Cloy chose the Tigers over offers from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisville and Wake Forest among others.

Playing as a center and tight end during his junior season with the Vikings, Cloy recorded 68 knockdown blocks and hauled in eight catches for 127 yards.

He is expected to play on the offensive line (as a center) once he arrives in Clemson in the fall of 2007.

Cloy is the fourth offensive lineman and 10th prospect overall to verbally commit to the Tigers in the 2007 recruiting class. Clemson is expected to sign at least one more lineman next February, most likely a tackle.

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