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4-star linebacker commits to Clemson

Central (S.C.) Daniel High School four-star linebacker Jake Venables committed to Clemson on Sunday morning.

Venables, the son of Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, announced the news via Twitter on his dad’s birthday. The standout 2018 prospect chose the Tigers over a handful of Power Five offers.

Jake was kind enough to speak with The Clemson Insider prior to his commitment.

“I just felt like I was ready,” he said of his decision. “I knew for about a week.”

Venables, one of the top 10 prospects in South Carolina for 2018, was first offered by Dabo Swinney in June 2015 during the first session of the Swinney Camp.

Texas Tech followed with an offer a month later before SMU pulled the trigger last October. A month ago, Venables collected his most recent offer from Northwestern.

Venables said he picked Clemson because it’s home to him.

“It’s always an advantage when your family lives in the same town,” he said. “It’s home.”

Brent is Jake’s primary recruiter for Clemson, and Jake is excited about the opportunity to be coached by his dad.

“I’m super pumped,” he said.

With his pledge, Venables became the third member of Clemson’s 2018 recruiting class, joining Cartersville (Ga.) five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star linebacker Mike Jones.

“It’s awesome,” Venables said of joining Jones and Lawrence. “It’s not going to be a very big class, so it’s our job to get all the right guys in.”

Along with the schools that offered, Venables has drawn interest from Baylor, Colorado, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, TCU and Texas among others.

He is glad to have the recruiting process behind him, and confident he made the right choice.

“I definitely feel relieved and know I made the right decision,” Venables said. “I’m excited.”

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