Joseph "Cade" Stewart, a 2016 offensive line prospect out of Daniel High School, has signed his NLI to Clemson during a high school ceremony on Wednesday morning.
Steward flipped from Georgia Southern to Clemson and will accept the Tigers' grayshirt offer.
When a recruit grayshirts, he signs a letter of intent in February but doesn't report for fall practices with his teammates. The recruit then delays entry to the school until the spring semester of his freshman year.
Stewart visited Clemson two weekends ago and came away impressed.
“It was a fun weekend. They gave me a lot to think about because it's a good experience,” the 6-4, 300-pounder told TigerNet. “I got to see the other side of Clemson from what I'm used to seeing every day because I live here. Just the way they treat the players. It's player first. It seems like a cool thing how they put their team first and then everyone else second.”
Stewart said the coaches told him he’s earned an offer, and they want him at Clemson.
“They just told that I've earned everything I've gotten and to keep my head up and keep playing no matter where I go and no matter what I choose,” Stewart said. “It's a lot better than being a preferred walk-on because I don't have the money to pay for a preferred walk-on, but just having to pay for only a semester is a good feeling that you'll have a free education after that.”
His high school teammate Carter Groomes will sign with Clemson as a preferred walk-on as announced at the school ceremony.