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Clemson has added their third commitment in the span of a week and seventh in the last four weeks. Rivals100 defensive end Clelin Ferrell has decided to play for Clemson. The Richmond (Va.) Benedictine School star saw everything he needed to see during his visit to Death Valley for the Tigers spring game.
"I chose Clemson because that was the school that is closest to my heart," said the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Ferrell. "They have a great academic program for the major I plan on pursuing. When I was there for the spring game, they had a very energetic fan base. It was a really good football atmosphere and I really liked that.
"The visit was great," he said. "When I got there I just thought it was going to be for the spring game, but one of the coaches there that was helping to recruit me made it a lot more personal than I thought it would be. The town is ridiculous and the fans are just crazy. The coach took me around the campus in a golf cart and showed me where I would be staying, the library, where I would be taking my classes and the academic hall. When I got to have meetings with the coaches, it was amazing. We didn't really even talk about football. We talked about academics, character building and how to become a better man. They really impressed my mom with that."
Those conversations with the coaching staff really helped tip the scale in favor of the Tigers.
"The coaching staff was great," Ferrell said. "I really like them. They were really humble and I like that. They aren't an arrogant coaching staff and they seem like they really care about their players. I have a good relationship with (assistant) coach (Brent) Venables and (assistant) coach (Marion) Hobby. They seem like they cared more about making me a better man than just a better football player. That was really important to me. It shows that when I get there they aren't just going to throw me into the fire. There going to take care of me. Coach Venables told me they're going to walk me through everything."
Clemson's history with defensive linemen is something Ferrell is very aware of.
"The football game was great," he said. "The have a lot of defensive line tradition there with DaQuan Bowers, Andre Branch and some other guys. I talked to Andre there at the spring game. He's from Richmond to so we talked about what schools I may have gone to if I wasn't at Benedictine. I'm glad I made the right choice."
Two other schools came very close to landing Ferrell's commitment.
"Virginia Tech and South Carolina were the two closest schools to convincing me to go there," Ferrell said. "All three of these schools really had everything I was looking for and nothing was wrong with any of them. Clemson was just a better fit for me."
Ferrell gives Clemson 18 commitments in the 2015 class and puts them about 650 points behind top-ranked Alabama in the Rivals.com 2015 Team Rankings.
Adam Friedman is a Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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