Tigers land fifth verbal commitment

Battery Creek (S.C.) safety Ricky Chaney has verbally committed to play for the Clemson Tigers.

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The low-country standout made his decision earlier today after receiving a scholarship offer from Dabo Swinney and defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks in a phone call.

Chaney is now the fifth public verbal commitment for the Tigers in the 2009 recruiting class, and interestingly enough, all five are from the Palmetto state.

The Tigers have also secured verbal commitments from T.L. Hanna WR Martavis Bryant, T.L. Hanna LB Jake Nicolopulus, Gaffney WR Joe Craig and Daniel CB/WR DeAndre Hopkins.

Chaney, who attended Clemson's Junior Day earlier this year, recorded 37 tackles and four sacks during his junior season and could play one of several positions at the next level- including safety or outside linebacker.

"They are actually are recruiting me for safety. I love the way they are covering, and the flying down into the box," Chaney told CUTigers after making his commitment.

The Tigers were the first school to offer him a scholarship, however he was drawing strong interest from South Carolina, N.C. State and Miami, among others, and likely has many more scholarship offers on the way.

Chaney's main recruiter to Clemson is new defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks, however he was first introduced to the Clemson program by former defensive tackles coach David Blackwell.

Blackwell accepted the co-defensive coordinator post at South Florida earlier this year.

Chaney told CUTigers.com after his Junior Day visit he expected to receive an offer from Clemson, he just wasn't sure when it would happen.

Turns out, it happened earlier today in a phone call with Brooks and head coach Dabo Swinney.

"First I was talking to the head coach, Coach Dabo and he was talking about them wanting to offer me," Chaney said. "Then they put Coach Brooks on the phone. They were telling me that they were offering me and I told them that I wanted to commit to them right then and there."

Chaney also said Clemson was a school he loved from the beginning.

"I felt like the teams that were looking at me but just weren't offering me, but Clemson is a school that I liked," he said. "It is a great program and I feel like it is the right place for me."

With Chaney's commitment in place, the Tigers have five of an expected class that will likely consist of well over 20 prospects by next signing day.

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