Paint him orange

The Clemson coaching staff landed the verbal commitment from another top prospect Thursday, this time from the state of Alabama.

DB Desmond Brown Profile

The Clemson coaching staff picked up its eighth verbal commitment in the 2009 recruiting class on Thursday when Desmond Brown gave his pledge to the orange and purple.

He made the commitment during an unofficial visit to Clemson Thursday afternoon.

Sources close to Brown informed CUTigers of his decision to commit shortly after 5:45 PM after being offered by the Clemson coaching staff, before Brown checked in with CUTigers moments later.

"It feels so great to get this done," he said. "I kind of had a feeling this was coming today. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. You know we came down last week for a visit but most of the coaches weren't there.

"But Coach Swinney was there this time and so was coach Steele and I went ahead and made a commitment as soon as they offered me."

Brown, who is being recruited as both a safety and a cornerback by Charlie Harbison, is currently rated as the No. 45 safety prospect in the nation by Scout.com.

"They are looking me as a safety and a cornerback," he said. "That's what coach Steele was telling me. We just talked about all of that for a long time today."

Brown also went into detail about how he was offered a scholarship by the Clemson coaching staff:

"I was with coach Steele for a long time today," he said. "He wanted to get to know me and we were talking about everything. Then he went and found Coach Swinney let me know that they were going to offer me. Coach Swinney had just got my film three days ago and had already watched it.

"Coach Swinney told me if I commit he didn't want me to going to any other camps or anything else. I totally felt him on that and I told him I was done.


"He said, 'I'm offering you a full scholarship. Right then and there I said I'm all-in coach. That's what I told him. We stood up and hugged each other for what seemed like forever."
"Then Coach Swinney took me out of the balcony and we were talking about the practice fields moving where the parking lot is and he was talking about education first and kept reiterating family and I totally felt everything he was saying.

"He said, 'I'm offering you a full scholarship. Right then and there I said I'm all-in coach. That's what I told him. We stood up and hugged each other for what seemed like forever."

The rising senior is expected to be a part of one of the stronger high school teams in the state again this year at Cherokee County. His team won a recent seven-on-seven team passing camp held at the University of Alabama's campus in Tuscaloosa.

Brown chose the Tigers over offers from Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas and Southern Miss among others.

"I'm not going anywhere else," he added. "The only place I'm going is Cherokee County High School. I was almost crying when I committed but I couldn't do that because then I was worried they would move me from defense to offense.

"A defensive player couldn't do that."

Finally, Brown told CUTigers his commitment could very well make waves in at least two other prospects who he's close with.

"Me and [LB] Vic Beasley have been wanting to play together for so long. Clemson may have a strong chance to get Vic and also [RB] Demont Biuce too. This is going to be big," he said.

For a full list of Clemson's verbal commitments for the 2010 recruiting class, please click here.

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