|by Nikki Hood|
The Tampa (FL) Plant offensive lineman committed to Clemson back on April 10th, adding to what was already a stellar recruiting class for the Tigers along the offensive line, joining Mitch Hyatt and Noah Green.
Fruhmorgen committed to Clemson on Thursday in front of friends and family at a small celebration at Plant High School. He had nearly 30 offers and is the No. 10 ranked offensive tackle in the country according to Rivals. An anchor on the Panthers' offensive line for years, Fruhmorgen led Plant to an 11-2 record this past season. They fell in the 8A state semifinals to Apopka.
He is also the son of former Alabama offensive lineman - his father, John Fruhmorgen, played at Alabama before a stint in the NFL. He is also the grandson of a former Marine Corps quarterback, so his entire life he has been taught to be tough both on and off the field. It’s that toughness that led him to be a 4-star prospect and find a home at Clemson.
Fruhmorgen’s maternal grandfather was a big influence on his life, especially teaching him how to play football and how to fight through any situation.
“We were pretty close. He taught me a lot growing up,” Fruhmorgen told TigerNet recently. “He was a tough man and he taught me how to be a tough football player and never quit. When you play football, you have to tough it out. You have to come in strong and fight your way through the hard time. Every time I always think of tough, I always think of him. He taught me a lot.”
Fruhmorgen committed to Clemson on April 10th, but unfortunately his grandfather passed away a couple of months earlier; however, he knows that his grandfather would approve of him donning the orange and white for the next four years.
“I think he would be pretty happy with my decision to go to Clemson,” Fruhmorgen said. “They will develop me and make me work my butt off to get to a level to where I need to be.”
Even though his grandfather won’t be able to see him play college football, Fruhmorgen will carry on his legacy by wearing the number 63 – his number while he played football in the Marine Corps.
“It's a big deal to me. It's something I did as a freshman and I stuck with it,” Fruhmorgen said. “It's the number 63. You don't see a lot of offensive linemen wearing it. I know Brandon Thomas wore it. I wanted to create my own identity and wear my own number and honor my grandpa. I'm proud to be a different number than most linemen.”
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