"I Wanted to be a Clemson Tiger"

The early recruiting success for Clemson continued on Saturday when wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney secured another verbal commitment from the state of Alabama.

DE Drew Traylor Profile

As it turns out, Mountain Brook (Ala.) defensive end Drew Traylor had just about enough of the recruiting process.

The calls, the letters, the pressure and the fact that his senior season is about to get started meant it was time for him to make a decision.

And this past weekend, he figured out exactly what he wanted to do.

"I had thought about it for a while," Traylor told CUTigers.com. "I talked it over with my family. Then I called coach Swinney and told him I wanted to be a Clemson Tiger.

"It was just the right time. I wanted to get it off my mind before the season. I want to concentrate on what I need to do this season.

"Coach Swinney was excited. I also talked with coach Bowden on Saturday. He welcomed me to the family."

Why did the Alabama standout select the Tigers?

"I felt it was the right decision at the right time," he said. "It was right place for me. Love the campus. Love the coaches. Have a good feeling about it.

"I am really looking forward to the whole experience. I can't wait to get up to the campus. Clemson is really a place where I feel at home."

The jumbo athlete could play multiple positions for the Tigers, but defensive end is likely where he'll spend his first year.

"Clemson has recruited me as a jumbo athlete," stated Traylor. "I can go at defensive end, bandit or tight end. In high school I have played more defensive end that tight end. This year I will get some good time at tight end."

The Traylor family is pleased with the decision and they are already becoming friends with other Tigers from Alabama.

"Yeah they are excited. We know Tribble's family. We are becoming more acquainted with Tyler's (Grisham) family."

How firm is Traylor with his commitment to the Tigers?

"I am 100%. I will be a Clemson Tiger," replied Traylor.

Traylor also talked with CUTigers.com about his upcoming senior season at Mountain Brook.

"I just want to lead the team to be best they can. I want to get everyone to work as hard as possible," he said. "We are having two-a-days now. It is going well. It is hot though. We had like a 110 heat index today."

Traylor said he hopes to spend a good bit of time in Death Valley this fall.

"I will be up there for some games. I plan to come up on September 2nd for the first game," he added.

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