Dane Rogers commits to Clemson

The recruiting momentum rolled right on through Tuesday morning when Clemson picked up a pledge from three-star defensive end Dane Rogers.

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The rising senior from Crest High School [Shelby, N.C.] wanted to get on board before it was too late.

"My coach told me that Clemson is only signing three defensive ends. That slipped my mind. I knew that they already had two," Rogers told CUTigers on Tuesday morning. "Knowing deep down that I wanted to be the third one, I didn't want that to slip away from me at the last minute. I might as well go ahead. What the heck?"

Clemson, he added, "has always been high on my list."

The No. 73 defensive end in the class of 2013 committed to Clemson over offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee and Rutgers.

"I called coach [Dan] Brooks and let him know on my way home [from working out] that I wanted to be a Tiger," Rogers said. "He said it's great news. It blew him up. He was going to get in touch with [Marion] Hobby and coach [Dabo] Swinney and just let them know that I wanted to be a Clemson Tiger."

For Rogers, there were several things that stood out to him about Clemson.

"The fact that they introduced me to college football. It was my first experience, me and my family. It was my first college football game ever," he said. "The atmosphere is phenomenal. The coaches -- everything is great. My cousin is enrolling down there next week. I'm very excited for him."

His cousin is 2012 signee Carlos Watkins.

"Everybody has watched us since we were little kids. It'll be great for our family. It's something that I really wanted," Rogers said.

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