5-Star DB Commits to Clemson

The Clemson Tigers have landed the verbal commitment of five-star safety Devonte Holloman, CUTigers.com has learned.

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"I've been thinking about it, and asked my mom about it about a week ago," Holloman said. "It was pretty much between Michigan and Clemson, and there were a couple differences like distance. Both coaching staffs coached together, so they learned together, and they are family guys. They are so much alike in a lot of ways.

"The education seemed right for me at Clemson and knowing that my family would be able to come see me just helped in the end. That's a place I can see myself for four or five years even if I didn't get to play football."

Holloman (Independence HS) is currently the No. 2 safety in the nation according to Scout.com. He is also the No. 34 prospect in the nation (regardless of position) in Scout.com's Top 300.

Holloman's commitment, which came early Monday evening, gives Clemson the verbal commitments of the No. 1 and No. 2 safeties in the country in the very same class.

The Tigers received the verbal commitment of the No. 1 safety in the nation, Houston, Tex. native Craig "Poppa" Loston on April 30.

Holloman officially checked in at 6-4, 210 pounds this weekend at the Scout.com/Under-Armour Combine in Charlotte, was one of the most impressive athletes there in one-on-one drills.

He chose the Tigers over offers from many schools, including Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, North Carolina and N.C. State.

"Clemson is one of the schools I've visited the most," he told CUTigers.com in Charlotte. "I feel real comfortable with Coach Napier and Coach Bowden. Location is going to be a factor for me because I want my parents to see my play- so that definitely works in Clemson's favor."

Holloman later said his top schools at the time were Clemson, Michigan, Auburn and Tennessee.

The Clemson coaching staff is well on its way to another nationally ranked recruiting class with the verbal commitment of Devonte Holloman now in place.
Holloman's defensive numbers were down a bit as a junior because early in the year he started out at quarterback.

For the season, he recorded over 50 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. As a sophomore he had 96 tackles and four interceptions.

Holloman is also planning on enrolling in school next January.

"I want to get in early and get accustomed to college life and start to learn the playbook," he said. "So hopefully that will help me see the field earlier in my career."

Once Holloman officially arrives in Clemson next year, the Tigers will have signed the top defensive back in North Carolina in each of the last four years.

In 2006 Clemson signed cornerback Crezdon Butler. In 2007 it was corner Marcus Gilchrist. This past signing day the Tigers inked four-star safety Spencer Adams.

Holloman has been updating Clemson fans on his recruitment via CUTigers.com all year long, and at times has hinted a verbal commitment could be coming soon.

In his last entry on May 7, he said, "I got a chance to talk with coach Bowden the night Loston committed. He talked with me a bit and talked with my dad for about 20 minutes. He wanted to let us know we are still very important to Clemson. I am still high on Clemson's list. They are looking for two safeties.

"I also talked with J.K. Jay after Loston's commitment. He is all about building the best class for 2009. I am down for that. I guess with Loston committed Clemson will be the place to be."

Holloman's main recruiter to Clemson, tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Billy Napier, visited Independence High School just last week.

Afterwards he told CUTigers.com, "Clemson is doing a good job making it known that I am a big priority right now."

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