Dabo Swinney said in February that he expects Clemson’s 2013 recruiting class to be “as good as we’ve signed yet.”
The Tigers’ coaching staff took another step in that direction Wednesday when Ben Boulware, a 6-2, 220-pound middle linebacker from T.L. Hanna High in Anderson, S.C. committed to Clemson over Georgia after attending the Tigers’ spring practice earlier in the day.
Boulware has been a tackling machine during his career at Hanna. Last season he made 181 stops, increasing his career total to 420 with a season still left to play.
He’s following in the footsteps of his brother, Garrett, in choosing Clemson. Garrett, last year’s Independent Mail area baseball player of the year, is a freshman on the Tiger baseball team.
As a junior, Ben Boulware had four tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles, four pass breakups and a blocked punt, to go with his 181 tackles. As a junior he had 178 tackles and four sacks.
He is rated as the nation’s No. 16 inside linebacker by Scout.
Boulware is the fifth player to commit to Clemson for the class of 2013, joining linebackers D.J. Greenlee from Daniel High in Central, S.C. and Isaac McDonald of Hialeah, FL; tight end Jordan Leggett of Navarre, FL; and defensive back Jadar Johnson of Orangeburg, SC.