After a busy offseason, four-star Florida prospect Jayron Kearse had narrowed his college decision down to a pair of Tigers, Auburn and Clemson.
On his Facebook page Thursday, Kearse made a surprise early announcement for Clemson, before his previously scheduled decision for Friday.
He is the Tigers’ 18th commitment for 2013, listed as an athlete by three of the four major recruiting sites (an outside linebacker by Scout). Kearse is a consensus four-star prospect, who played quarterback the last two seasons in a triple option offense at Cypress Lake (Fla.), but transferred to Sammy Watkins’ alma mater in the offseason, South Fort Myers (Fla.), and will follow in his footsteps at receiver (and also play defensive back).
Kearse is another sizable addition to future Clemson rosters at 6-4 195, and he says his game isn’t exactly comparable to Watkins.
“I think our playing styles are totally different,” Kearse told ESPN. “He has more speed, but I think I’m more physical. I’m not trying to live up to what he did. I’m trying to be the best I can be since this is really my first year playing wide receiver.”
Kearse rushed for 1,600 yards last season with 17 rushing touchdowns at Cypress Lake.
If the name sounds familiar, it does – he is the nephew of former NFL star Jevon Kearse, who played 11 seasons with three double-digit sack seasons, and also is cousins with pro cornerback Phillip Buchanon, who played at Miami.
Kearse was committed to Auburn stretching back to August of 2011 – decommitted in January in favor of Miami – decommitted from Miami three days after visiting Dabo Swinney’s camp in June, and eventually picked Clemson Thursday.
He was recruited by Tigers’ coach Jeff Scott.