In the end, Thomasville High star Brandon Thompson went with his heart. And the Clemson Tigers are extremely happy that he did.
Thompson, a four-star prospect and the country's sixth-ranked defensive tackle, publicly committed to the Tigers Friday morning ending what was at one-time a slow recruiting process before turning into somewhat of a whirlwind.
Early on, it was no secret that Clemson was at the top of Thompson's list.
Not only because they provide several factors that Thompson was looking for in a school but because they had made him a top priority from day No. 1.
The Tgers were one of the first programs to offer the 6-foot-2 and 294-pound defender and head coach Tommy Bowden visited Thompson on several occasions.
The Clemson skipper even traveled to Thomasville a little over a week ago to speak with the Under Armour All-America Game player.
But despite the fact that Clemson remained steadfast in their recruitment and Thompson made it no secret that he was a Clemson lean, that didn't stop LSU from making a late-push. Even Florida State got into the mix at the end with the attractive offer of getting to play college ball close to home.
But in the end, Thompson did what was in his heart all along. And he returned the favor to Bowden and his coaching staff.
"Clemson was the school I always loved. When I went down to Clemson for the first time I fell in love with it. I've loved it ever since," Thompson told CUTigers.com.
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