The Clemson football continued to assemble a stellar 2015 recruiting on Tuesday with the somewhat unexpected commitment from Clayton, NC defensive tackle Sterling Johnson.
The 6-5, 275-pound Johnson, who ESPN rates as the nation's No. 11 defensive tackle and as the No. 4 player in the state of North Carolina, had considered Tennessee his favorite until a numbers crunch at his position let him, at least temporarily, without a 'commitable' offer from the Vols.
Johnson quickly turned to his next choice - Clemson - and committed to the Tigers.
He had his choice of college football's Who's Who, including Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Louisville, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina and Penn State, among others.
As a junior at Cleveland County High, he was a backfield wrecking crew with 50 of his 80 tackles coming behind the line of scrimmage.
He's ranked as the nation's No. 22 defensive tackle by Rivals and is listed No. 230 nationally on Scout's 2015 Top 300.
Johnson is the second defensive lineman to commitment to the Tigers for 2015, joining wrestling champion Gage Cervanka of Emerald High in Greenwood, S.C.
On signing day in February, defensive line coach Dan Brooks indicated that the Tigers plan to take five defensive line this year, a combination of defensive tackles and defensive ends.
The Tigers have offers out to a large group of highly-rated tackles and ends.
The list of offered tackles include Trenton Thompson of Albany, Ga., Daron Payne of Birmingham, Ala., Christian Wilkins of Suffield, Conn., Shy Tuttle of Lexington, N.C., Tim Settle of Manassas, Va., Breiden Fehoko of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Darvin Taylor of Chester, Va. - all of who are rated among the top 15 nationally at the position; as well as D.J. Jones of East Mississippi Community College and Piedmont, S.C.
There are nearly 20 uncommitted 2015 defensive ends on Clemson's offer list, including in-state targets Albert Huggins of Orangeburg, Rassol Clemons of Aiken, and LaSamuel Davis of Bamberg.