DE Bonanza: Shelby, N.C. star Dane Rogers commits to Clemson

Cousin of incoming freshman Carlos Watkins joins Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel in class of 2013

Dane Rogers (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CU Tigers.com)

Dane Rogers (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CU Tigers.com)

With Clemson's 2013 recruiting momentum, Dane Rogers figured it was time to hop on board.

The Tiger coaching staff continued building an embarrassment of recruiting riches at the defensive end position with Rogers' announcement Tuesday that he was ending his recruiting and committing to Clemson.

The 6-3, 235-pound standout from Crest High in Shelby, N.C. picked Clemson over offers from Tennessee, North Carolina and N.C. State.

He's rated as the nation's No. 31 defensive end and No. 14 player in North Carolina by ESPN, which ranks him as a four-star prospect. He's rated as the nation's No. 20 weakside defensive end by 247Sports, as the nation's No. 39 weakside end by Rivals, and No. 73 among defensive ends by Scout. Rivals, 247Sports and Scout all rank him as a three-star player.

Rogers - whose cousin, defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, is an incoming freshman at Clemson - is the third highly-rated defensive end to commit to the Tigers since last Thursday, when Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 overall recruit, announced his commitment.

Elijah Daniel, who is ranked as high as No. 4 among defensive ends nationally, followed suit on Sunday.

Clemson now has 11 commitments for its class of 2013 and four its 2014 recruiting class.

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