Clemson just landed the nation’s No. 2 ranked player.
It doesn’t look like the Clemson Tigers, who are coming off of their second national title in school history, plan on slowing down any time soon. Saturday, the school secured the commitment of Xavier Thomas, a five-star strong-side defensive end who 247 Sports has ranked as the second-best player in the country. Thomas, a class of 2018 player, stands at 6-foot-3, 263 pounds.
Thomas’ father was the first to break the news on social media. Thomas himself followed that up with a heartfelt Twitter post.
We're Clemson Bound! YEAH! IT'S OFFICIAL! My Son is a Clemson Commit! From a Wilson Tiger to a Clemson TIGER! I am SO VERY PROUD OF YOU SON! pic.twitter.com/RRL207sB7T
— Ezra Titus Thomas (@ETitusThomas) April 8, 2017
— Xavier Thomas 1️⃣9️⃣ (@atxlete) April 8, 2017
Here’s Thomas’ note:
“If you haven’t seen my dads twitter, go check it out @ETitusThomas. Thanks Dad, I really wish you were here with us… Today my recruitment journey has come to an end. After long talks with my parents and family, the December commitment date is no longer. I’m currently here at Clemson University surrounded by our Wonderful Family and our new extended family – CLEMSON TIGERS FOOTBALL Staff, players and Fans!. After many long prayers and indepth talks with you Dad about what this one moment truly means to my life, I’m excited and proud to say that I’m absolutely 100% ALL IN! To the U.S.C. staff and fans – Thank you! They were all so good to me and I will always be grateful for all the love they have shown me and the family and I wish them the best. A historic adventure begins in my life and I am focused on achieving nothing less than greatness… and Dad nothing means more to me than to know that you will be here to share in it all with me… I LOVE YOU! From a Wilson Tiger to a Clemson Tiger… Thomas and Tiger Pride! Also, to fans or anyone else. If you don’t have anything positive to say then please keep it to yourself.”
Thomas chose Clemson over South Carolina. It’s a tough one to swallow for Gamecocks fans.
For the record, Clemson also has a commitment form the No. 1 player in the nation – pro-style quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Tigers are putting together a historic class here.