Richmond (Va.) Steward School left-handed pitcher Harrison Clifton received an offer from Clemson on Monday, and he announced his commitment to head coach Monte Lee and the Tigers on Monday night.
The Clemson Insider spoke with Clifton, a 2020 prospect, shortly after his announcement.
“This past summer, I went down to Clemson and had an unofficial visit, and from the second I got on campus I fell in love,” Clifton told TCI. “The setup was beautiful. I love the university town feel. The coaching staff was great, and it’s amazing.”
Clifton was also receiving interest from a trio of other ACC schools in Duke, North Carolina and Virginia.
The 6-foot-1, 145-pound freshman was thrilled when he found out about the offer from Clemson.
“I actually immediately accepted, and I went and began celebrating with my family,” Clifton “It’s been really a great experience.”
Clemson’s coach staff was excited when Clifton informed them of his decision.
Clifton said his relationship with assistant coach Bradley LeCroy and the baseball facilities were big factors in his decision.
“The baseball facilities are something else,” Clifton said. “They’re great, and a huge part of my decision was the confidence I have in my relationship with coach LeCroy. He was huge. He’s a great guy. I think the world of him.”
What can Clemson fans expect from Clifton in the future?
“Pitching can really mess with your mind, and I think that I, even at a young age, am able to control my emotions and control my body in intense situations,” Clifton said. “So, I think I can bring a good sense of strength to the team and a positive attitude every day.”
It will be a few years, but Clifton can’t wait to get to Clemson.
“I can’t wait to become part of the family and get to Tigetown,” Clifton said, “and begin that stage of my life.”