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Clemson Landed A Surprise Signee Today

Dabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Clemson Tigers already had a top recruiting class heading into National Signing Day, but Dabo Swinney's team got a surprise boost on Wednesday with one player's unexpected decision.

Three-star OL Kaleb Boateng raised some eyebrows when he revealed he was committing to Clemson, despite previously having Maryland, Arizona, and FAU in his top three schools list.

Boateng revealed in an interview with 247Sports that a recent conversation with Dabo Swinney on FaceTime was followed by an offer from Clemson.

"Coach (Brent) Venables called me and told me to send him my transcripts and test scores," Boateng said. "Later that night when I landed, I FaceTimed with coach Swinney and coach Venables, and they said they wanted to offer me."

Even though Boateng had not visited Clemson since March, he admitted that it reminded him of his high school.

"In all honesty, Clemson kind of reminds me of my high school," Boateng said. "Not in the winning aspect but more like the morals and standards of the school and football program. There's a great emphasis on academics and the coaches are genuine. Everyone on the team is really treated as equals."

Boateng did not allow a sack in 13 games with Fort Lauderdale this past season.

[247Sports]