Zimmerman Wants to Be a Tiger

The Clemson Tigers picked up their 12th commitment of the year from Dawson Zimmerman after the star punter attended the Tommy Bowden football camp this week.

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An outstanding performance at the Tommy Bowden football camp earned Dawson Zimmerman an offer from the Tigers.

It didn't take the star punter from Brookwood High to decide he wanted to be a Tiger. Saturday, the 6-2, 195 pound kicker told the staff he wanted to commit to Clemson.

"I attended the Tommy Bowden camp on Thursday. Then I got to kick for some of the coaches including coach Bowden. They said they would get back to me," said Zimmerman.

"On Saturday morning I got a text from coach West. I called him and he told me I had a scholarship. I told him I wanted to come to Clemson."

Zimmerman averaged 41 yards/punt during his junior season at Brookwood High School.

In addition, 86 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks last season.

"I wanted to go to Clemson from the beginning," Zimmerman said. "I like the value they have on academics. I also like the campus in general. I really like the coaching staff. They are easy to talk to people."

Clemson was the first school to officially offer Zimmerman, but he has been hearing from a number of programs since his junior season.

"At this time I don't have any other offers," he said. "But I have been hearing from Wake, Harvard, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and Vanderbilt."

Zimmerman is one of two kickers the Tigers have received verbal commitments from in the last two months. Clemson also accepted the commitment of Myrtle Beach kicker Spencer Benton earlier this year.

According to sources, Benton will likely grayshirt and count towards the 2009 recruiting class.

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