The No. 17 overall running back in the country is heading to the national champions. Travis Etienne committed to Clemson on Thursday after LSU tried to make a push for the four-star running back to join its 2017 class.
"I'll be taking my talents to the real Death Valley. Just thinking outside the box," Etienne told KPLC. "I won't be able to go out there and get into any trouble."
After Ed Orgeron, offensive coordinator Matt Canada and running backs coach Jabbar Juluke met with Etienne on Monday for an in-home visit, trying to keep the No. 2 running back in Louisiana at home.
“They just talked to me about the program and what they can do for me and stuff like that,” Etienne said. “We’re all from Louisiana and have Louisiana blood.
Etienne was complimentary of Orgeron while talking with Tiger Blitz on Tuesday night.
“He’s great. That was one of his dreams growing up was being the head coach of LSU and dreams do come true. He’s an example of that.”
The one-time Texas A&M commit said he's glad to have the recruiting process over and done with.
"It was a long recruiting process. A lot of things have changed and I can't wait to get it over with."
In the end, it wasn't enough. Etienne announced his commitment to Clemson on KPLC on Thursday and is the 14th commitment for Dabo Swinney's class.