Brent Venables tackles newest Clemson commit Sheridan Jones during celebration
|Friday, April 20, 2018, 7:33 PM- -|
It didn’t take Sheridan Jones long to find out about Brent Venables’ famous intensity. Seconds after the 4-star cornerback out of Norfolk (VA) Maury committed to the coaching staff last Saturday, Venables took a flying leap and tackled Jones in jubilation.
It was a moment Jones will never forget and the moment showed the hard work Venables put into recruiting an area of need.
Jones announced a Clemson commitment on social media Friday night (watch the video below). The Tigers were previously in a final group of seven teams with Alabama, Tennessee, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and South Carolina.
Jones visited Clemson for Elite Junior Day in January and then made a return trip for the spring game last weekend.
“Clemson pretty much had an up on everybody from when they offered me,” Jones told TigerNet after the commitment. “That was one the schools I was considering even when I didn't have the offer and then once I got it they were showing love from there on out. I committed Saturday at the spring game.”
Jones gave his verbal to the Clemson coaches last Saturday, earning a tackle from Venables in the process.
“I was in the office with Coach Swinney and Coach Venables,” Jones said. “Coach Venables tackled me on the couch and they were hugging me and slapping my back. They were just smiling. They were excited. It was funny. I could see the excitement in his face. He's (Venables) been a great recruiter throughout the whole time. One of the people that work there was saying that there was another guy visiting and Coach Venables was telling him about me. I was one of his main guys and he definitely showed that.”
Cornerback is a priority and a position of need in the 2019 recruiting cycle, and Jones said he felt like a priority to the Clemson staff. He is also trying to add fellow high-profile recruits to the class.
“It feels pretty good. They definitely made me a top priority throughout the whole recruiting process,” Jones said. “They need DBs at Clemson so they've got my commitment and I'm trying to get a couple of more guys on board and change things around over there. I'm trying to get Cam'Ron Kelly and Andrew Booth. Those two are the main guys that I'm trying to get.”
What set Clemson apart?
“Clemson is a huge family so it makes me feel at home every time I've been there,” Jones said. “It's a great school academically and athletically. Clemson has the best of both worlds and their need for a DB just bumped things up even higher.”
He is the sixth commit in the last eight days for Clemson’s 2019 class and brings it into the double-digits, with 10 members. The Tigers’ 247Sports Composite team recruiting ranking moved up from ninth to sixth overall (174.76 rating), not far behind Texas A&M and the top-five (178.06).
C O M M I T T E D pic.twitter.com/LXiwoWezyO— SHERIDAN JONES ?? (@SJones3_) April 20, 2018
Clemson’s fan base showed love today ?????? pic.twitter.com/2B7iuNNE2W— SHERIDAN JONES ?? (@SJones3_) April 15, 2018