Four-star, edge-rushing DE Clelin Ferrell commits to Clemson

Ranked No. 6 nationally at his position by Rivals, Ferrell chose Tigers over Hokies, Gamecocks, LSU

Clelin Ferrell (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

Clelin Ferrell (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

The talent parade just keeps rolling.

Clemson picked up a commitment from one of the nation's premier edge-rushing defensive ends on Wednesday when Clelin Ferrell of Benedictine Prep in Richmond, Virginia committed to the Tigers.

He's the second highly-rated defensive end to commit to Clemson in the past week, joining Bamberg-Ehrhard's LaSamuel Davis, who committed over the weekend.

Ferrell, who chose the Tigers over Virginia Tech, South Carolina and LSU, stands 6-5 and weighs in at 238 pounds. He also had offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Nebraska, Penn State, Florida, Ohio State and Virginia, among others.

"(Clemson) was where my heart was at," Ferrell told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "It was the best school for me."

Ferrell is ranked as the nation's No. 6 weakside defensive end by Rivals, which rates him as the No. 77 player in the nation overall. He's ranked 11th among defensive ends and 101st nationally by ESPN and No. 21 at his position and No. 151 overall by Scout.

Scout describes him as:

'Ferrell is a long, explosive athlete. He is versatile prospect, who can play with his hand down or in space. Once the ball is snapped, Ferrell does a nice job of playing fast, but under control. He also has a high motor and is very good in pursuit. Overall, Ferrell must get stronger, but he has a huge upside and a chance to be a special player at the next level.'

ESPN's take:

'(Ferrell) has experience standing up and playing a hybrid DE/OLB and could play similar role in college. Needs to continue to fill out, but defender with good ability and upside … Very good height with a lean build and will need to work to pack on more good mass to his lengthy frame. Displays better playing strength then his lean build might suggest. Flashes a quick first step.'

Ferrell was recruited for the Tigers by Brent Venables and Marion Hobby.

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Comments » 3

brookesdad729 writes:

Way to go Tigers! Wow! This class is turning out to be super! They keep coming in. Us and SC have great classes so far and that says a lot about college football in this state! Awesome!

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

in response to brookesdad729:

Way to go Tigers! Wow! This class is turning out to be super! They keep coming in. Us and SC have great classes so far and that says a lot about college football in this state! Awesome!

I saw something on television a week or two ago by the Bleacher Report or one of those outfits that ranked SC as the number one state for college football in the nation. I have no idea what their criteria was to come up with this conclusion but, which state do you think was ranked number 2? Alabama.

kellytown writes:

I hope that this class stays true to their commitments. Wow how good could this class really be.

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