CLEMSON -- On Wednesday, Clemson received its sixth verbal commitment from defensive back Hadrian Lewis.
"I have committed to Clemson. Clemson was my first offer, they actually offered me two years ago. I chose the school who gave me the most love. A couple of others showed a lot of interest, but Clemson is a great place to be for both academics and football."
Lewis was recruited by running backs coach Burton Burns. "I cannot begin to describe how great a guy Coach Burns is. He was always available to talk with me, whether it was about football or I needed his help with something else. Coach Burns is what brought me to Clemson."
The coaches have not discussed a playing time schedule with Lewis yet, but he has complete faith in this coaching staff. "I will do whatever the coaches think are best for me. I will pay attention to what they say. That is the thing about Clemson, I know I can trust the coaches. They will look out for my best interest."
Coach Lovett is known for his work with defensive backs, and Lewis feels Clemson system is a great fit. "I love playing man coverage. I want to play bump and run. Clemson plays nothing, but cover two and man and that is the perfect fit for me."
Lewis hails from one of the most successful High School programs in South Carolina. Stratford is always in contention for state. "We expect to win every year. I feel Stratford is underrated as a High School. Some other schools get a lot more respect, but I feel we have the best talent. I wish more people could see us, because we have a lot of great players that go unnoticed. There is not another high school in the world that I would rather play at."
When Lewis comes to Clemson, hard work on and off the field will be nothing new for him. "I am working two jobs, and I am working very hard in the weight room and on conditioning."
This was a big commitment for the Tigers. The Tigers have struggled before in pulling players out of Stratford. This is a good sign that Clemson has re-established themselves in the state of South Carolina.
Late Thursday evening Clemson received another commitment when they landed their seventh commitment
in Tallahassee offensive lineman Quentez Ruffin. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman
made his commitment to Clemson recruiter Dabo Swinney who continues to recruit very
well for the Tigers. Ruffin will play either guard or tackle.
Ruffin will be a guest on Mickey Plyler's radio show the "Overdrive" on Friday afternoon.
1. OL Barry Humphries 6-3, 291, 4.9 Belton-Honea Path (5/25)
2. WR Tyler Grisham 5-11, 185, 4.4 Hoover, AL (6/10)
3. WR Rendrick Taylor 6-2, 210, 4.4 Marlboro County (6/11)
4. RB Tony Nelson 5-10, 190, 4.45 Germantown, MD (6/20)
5. TE Paul Muse 6-5, 245 Jacksonville, FL (7/9)
6. DB Hadrian Lewis 6-1, 175, 4.45 Goose Creek, SC Stratford HS (7/14)
7. OL Quentez Ruffiin 6-5, 285 Tallahassee, FL Leon HS (7/15)