Tigers Get Lightning Fast Commitment!

Clemson recruiting coordinator Billy Napier is at it again. One of the nation's top recruiters has received a verbal commitment from one of the nation's fastest players.

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It appears Monday night's win over Florida State is already paying dividends to Clemson's recruiting efforts.

After taking an unofficial visit Monday for the Clemson-Florida State game, one of the fastest prospects in the country is ready to go on record with a verbal commitment.

It took a little longer for him to officially make up his mind, but Monday Shelby (N.C.) star RB/WR Larry Raper told CUTigers.com he was ready to go public with a verbal commitment.

"Clemson is the school I always wanted to go to," Raper said. "When I got my chance I took it. Not too many people get that chance. So yeah, I'm committed to Clemson."

Recruited by Clemson tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Billy Naper, Raper said he feels more comfortable with the Tigers than any other school.

"I really do," he said. "I know coach Napier more like a friend. And from what I know and have heard, he is a good coach. I can't wait to get down there."

Raper recorded the fastest 40-yard dash of any prospect at the Scout.com combines this year. He ran a 4.24 and a 4.31 at the Scout combine in Charlotte.

In fact his times were so fast, he had to be clocked on three different occasions to verify his speed.

So why did Raper decide to make a commitment this early in the recruiting process?

"My dad said it might be a little early," he responded. "I told him it was my decision and that is where I really wanted to go. He said he would support my decision.

"But I'm firm. I don't think I'll be changing my mind."

Raper could play a number of different positions at Clemson, including running back, wide receiver or cornerback. He currently plays running back for Shelby.

Last season he rushed 98 times for 718 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes for 466 yards and five more scores.

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

"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."

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