2009 RB/WR Ready to Commit to Clemson

The Clemson Tigers already have one verbal commitment for the class of 2009 in offensive lineman J.K. Jay. Today, CUTigers.com tells you about another prospect who is ready to slam the door shut on his recruitment. Read on to find out who it is and when he'll verbally commit to the Tigers in this recruiting update.

RB/WR Larry Raper Profile

One of the top athletes in the southeast for the class of 2009 told CUTigers.com in a recent interview he's ready to close the door on his recruitment.

That's right, Larry Raper, out of Shelby High School (N.C.) says he wants to be a Tiger.

The 5-10, 160 pound speedster camped at Clemson for three days earlier this week, essentially putting the icing on the cake for a future Clemson commitment.

"I really liked it," he said. "It was tiring, but that is part of football. I had a great time down there though.

"Before I went to camp I really wanted to go to Clemson to see what it was like. When I got up there I really liked it. I think it is a good place to be."

While Raper, who is only a rising junior mind you, does yet own a Clemson offer, that is expected to change when he visits again later this summer.

"They have not offered yet," he said. "But I am supposed to go back up there next month and talk with the coaches. When they offer I will commit. I want to go to Clemson.

"I am 100 percent Clemson. I am ready to commit once they officially offer."

Raper also said it was great to hang out with many of Clemson's expected members of the 2008 recruiting class this past week, including Kyle Parker, A.J. Harmon, Brandon Thompson, and possibly even Jerrell Harris.

"It was good getting to know them. I got to know Kyle real well. I got to know a lot of the other guys as well.

"I'll be honest, I am not sure what it is about Clemson. It is a place that I have wanted to go all of my life. Getting to go there was a great experience for me this week."

The talented athlete also got to meet with his cousin Travis Padgett this week.

"I went over to his house after practice on Thursday. He told me it is a great atmosphere. He said the people are real good to you at Clemson," he said.

Raper has also been impressed with the Clemson coaching staff.

"All of the coaches are real nice. I got along with them pretty good. I really enjoyed working with the different position coaches. I already knew coach Powell from the Carolina camp. Coach Swinney taught me a few things I can work on at receiver," he said.

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