Tigers turn FSU commitment

The Clemson coaching staff just picked up the verbal commitment of this former FSU pledge.

DL Tavaris Barnes Profile

Barnes committed on his official visit to Clemson before leaving Sunday afternoon, CUTigers has confirmed.

Barnes, who is being recruited to Clemson by wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott, becomes the 21st verbal commitment for the Tigers in the 2010 recruiting class.

The signature at the end of Barnes' text messages is exactly what Clemson coaches hoped they would hear after this weekend.

"Ima tIGEr!!"

He committed Sunday morning before heading back home to Jacksonville.

"Coach (Dabo) Swinney was pumped up, fired up, excited, happy," Barnes said.

The three-star prospect out of Jacksonville's First Coast High School had 80 tackles, 25 TFL and nine sacks as a senior.

He was hosted this weekend by Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers.

Tavaris Barnes is pictured here at Saturday's Clemson-Boston College basketbally game. (Roy Philpott)
Barnes confirmed in a text message to CUTigers he would also not take any more official visits. The former FSU pledge was expected to visit North Carolina next weekend.

"I'm done with visits," he said. "I'm firm with Clemson."

His other offers include: Purdue, Mississippi, Maryland, Rutgers, South Florida, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

Barnes told CUTigers before the weekend for him to change his mind, he said he's got to find a place where he knows he'll feel comfortable for the next four years.

"They keep selling me on Death Valley and all that. I just want to go see what that's all about. I just want to go up there and enjoy my weekend," he said.

Obviously things must have gone over pretty well for the Florida native.

Clemson currently has the 22nd-ranked recruiting class in the country, and second in the ACC, according to Scout.com's updated team rankings (after Barnes' commitment).

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