Tigers land another top offensive lineman

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Oliver Jones Oliver Jones
Offensive Line
6-7, 290
Ninety Six, SC

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said he didn’t want to waste any more time, and that he was ready to join what he calls the Dream Team.

The big (6-7, 285) offensive tackle out of Ninety Six became the 14th commitment of Clemson’s 2012 recruiting class when he committed to recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott late Friday night, and made it official in a face-to-face visit with head coach Dabo Swinney Saturday.

“I called Coach Scott last night and let him know it,” Jones told TigerNet Saturday afternoon. “I told him I wanted it to be between me and him, and then me and my family drove up today and surprised Coach Swinney. He just thought I was visiting, I guess.

“I told him I was All In, and you should have seen the look on his face. It was pure surprise. He was excited about it, and he said ‘Are you really?’ I told him I was serious, and he said he was extremely happy about that.”

Jones is rated as the No. 14-rated recruit in the state of South Carolina and the 67th-best tackle according to Rivals, and he had offers from South Carolina, North Carolina, East Carolina, North Carolina St., Illinois and Kentucky.

Jones said, however, that he made the right decision and chose the school that was best for him.

“It was how comfortable I was with Clemson,” he said. “It just felt like the right place, and it’s a place I can see myself living for the next four or five years. I feel at home there. I could have waited and played games with myself, but when you know what’s best for you, it’s best to commit. I wanted to get it over with anyway. I looked at all of the schools and visited most of them, so I made an educated decision. Clemson is the right place for me and I couldn’t wait any longer.”

Jones met fellow Clemson commit and Dorman lineman Patrick DeStefano Patrick DeStefano
Offensive Line
6-4, 275
Roebuck, SC

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at Clemson last year, and the two developed a strong friendship, and Jones said DeStefano was the first to know of his decision.

“He was in the know before anybody else,” he said. “Patrick and I have been close for a while, and he told me before he told anybody else and I decided to return the favor.”

Jones said he now feels like he can concentrate on his senior season at Ninety Six, but he is already dreaming of joining what he feels like is a strong 2012 recruiting class at Clemson.

“That’s a dream team right there,” he said. “That’s all I can say. It is the line and it’s just the whole class. A dream team.”

2012   F O O T B A L L  C O M M I T S (14)
NamePOSHt/WtHometownESPN Rank
Recruit PhotoJavarius LeamonOL6-6/295Woodruff, SC
Recruit PhotoTravis BlanksDB6-1/180Tallahassee, FL
Recruit PhotoPatrick DeStefanoOL6-4/275Roebuck, SC
Recruit PhotoGermone HopperATH6-0/175Charlotte, NC
Recruit PhotoJay GuillermoOL6-3/285Maryville, TN
Recruit PhotoShaquille LawsonDE6-4/240Central, SC
Recruit PhotoChad KellyQB6-3/205Buffalo, NY
Recruit PhotoZac BrooksATH6-2/180Jonesboro, AR
Recruit PhotoCordrea TankersleyDB6-2/195Aiken, SC
Recruit PhotoOliver JonesOL6-7/285Ninety Six, SC
Recruit PhotoT.J. BurrellLB6-1/205Goose Creek, SC
Recruit PhotoMartin AikenDE6-3/250Bamberg, SC
Recruit PhotoRonnie GeohaghanS6-0/185Fairfax, SC
Recruit PhotoBradley PinionP/PK6-6/220Concord, NC

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