Top OL Commits to Clemson

The Clemson Tigers picked up their ninth verbal commitment earlier today from one of the top offensive linemen on their board. CUTigers.com first reports the commitment of offensive lineman Matt Sanders.

OL Matt Sanders Profile

Crestview (Fla.) offensive lineman Matt Sanders (6-5, 293) verbally committed to the Clemson Tigers today while on an unofficial visit, CUTigers.com has learned.

"I really enjoyed my time with the coaches. I loved the campus. Clemson has got the whole package. They have everything I have been looking for," Sanders told CUTigers.com after making his decision.

"Coach Koenning took us on tour. He took us to the practice fields. Then he showed us around campus. Then we went back to the Mcfadden building. I went to eat with coach Scott and his wife."

Sanders went on to tell more about his big day.

"We came back and talked with coach Scott. I decided right then and there that Clemson is where I needed to be. Coach Scott was real excited. He said they really wanted me and he had been hoping I would commit," he said.

Sanders also said his parents were very impressed with his visit.

"My parents liked it a lot. Clemson is where I need to be. I enjoy the small town atmosphere. Nobody has fans like Clemson. I went in the stores downtown and everything was about football," he added.

One of the most talented linemen in North Florida, Sanders also plays basketball and participates in track.

Sanders, who is Clemson's ninth member of the 2008 class, will be one of at least four offensive linemen next February.

Academically, Sanders is rock solid with a 4.4 GPA and a 27 ACT score.

He chose the Tigers over offers from Sanders, including full rides from Purdue, Maryland, Iowa State, Central Florida and N.C. State among others.

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