Clemson is on a recruiting roll, and the coaching staff's prowess in the state of Georgia is again playing a huge part in the Tigers' success.
When running back Adam Choice selected Clemson over Auburn, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Tennessee, Stanford and Florida on Wednesday, he became the seventh member of the Tigers' 2014 recruiting class and the third highly-rated player from Georgia.
Clemson has had a commitment from the state's top-rated player, quarterback Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, for more than a year, and recently picked up a commitment from four-star tight end Milan Richard of Savannah.
Both Choice and Richard had strong in-state connections - Richard as the nephew of Georgia's Herschel Walker, and Choice as the cousin of former Georgia Tech running backs Tashard Choice and Joe Burns.
Clemson signed five players out of the state of Georgia in 2013, after picking up only two in the previous two recruiting cycles. Before 2013, Clemson's last big haul from the Peach State came in 2010, when the Tigers signed seven players from the state.
Choice's high school coach, Bill Shaver, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that the Thomas County Central star's decision was like ‘when you meet the girl you’re going to marry, you’re just going to know that.’
Choice earned Georgia all-state honors last season as an option/Wildcat quarterback, when he rushed for 1,650 yards and 23 touchdowns.
“Clemson is getting is the greatest young man in the world," Shaver told the AJC. "You’re talking about a kid who has been the best player on our team, and you wouldn’t know it. He outworks everybody. He has a 3.9 GPA and scored over 1,000 on the SAT. He’s a ‘Yes sir, no sir’ kid and every single teacher and kid at our school loves him. He has not let all of this recruiting stuff go to his head.”
Shaver told the AJC that Choice reminds him of Burns, who also played at Thomas County Central.
“He’s very similar to his cousin, Joe Burns,” Shaver said. “He has that same desire. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a practice or a game – he wants to compete and do his best. And he has a lot more skills than Joe ever thought about having. Joe could never jump out here and run 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. They are same kind of ballplayers as far as the desire and putting the team first."