The Clemson coaching staff landed the verbal commitment of one of the top running backs on their 2008 board when Andre Ellington (Berkeley HS) gave his pledge to play football for the Tigers, CUTigers.com has confirmed.
The commitment, which has been expected for the last several months, gives the Tigers eight verbal commitments for the 2008 class.
Ellington traveled to Clemson on Saturday with his coach and his mother.
"I went down this morning with my mom, coach Cox and my family," he said. "When I got there I talked to a few of the coaches. Then we looked around campus. Then I left and thought about it on the way home. I talked to my mom and decided to commit."
Coach Blackwell was thrilled to get the call from his prize recruit.
"I called back and told coach Blackwell I was wanted to commit to Clemson. He told me congratulations and then he called and told the other coaches. I exchanged text messages with a lot of the coaches then," said Ellington.
The tour of Vickery Hall was the key to Ellington's commitment today.
"Mainly I got my mom up there and saw academics was big part of Clemson. That was the main reason she wanted me to go to college. I also like that they run the same offense as we do," said Ellington.
The Palmetto standout is glad the decision is behind him.
"I just felt it was a good time to go ahead and make my decision. I am firm with Clemson, 100 percent. It feels great to have the decision behind me," stated the star running back.
Last season Ellington rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 15 touchdowns.
The rising senior chose the Tigers over offers from South Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky and others.
Ellington's main recruiter to Clemson is inside linebackers coach David Blackwell.
After not signing a running back in this year's class, Clemson is expected to take two running backs in the class of 2008.
CUTigers.com will have more on Ellington's commitment later this evening.
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