Clemson head coach Monte Lee and the Tigers picked up a big commitment from Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview 2019 catcher prospect Jonathan French on Saturday.
The Clemson Insider spoke with French shortly after he announced his commitment.
“I’ve been talking to coach Lee all this week, and I told him that Clemson is really the one for me,” French said. “I just felt like ever since I went on a visit to Clemson and stepped on campus, that it would be the right place for me, and that’s honestly where I felt like I would be in the future. It was the school that stood out to me.”
French chose Clemson over offers from Kennesaw State and Troy. Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt were showing interest.
He made his first visit to Clemson a couple of months ago and was offered by the Tigers this week.
“It’s always been a great program, it’s always been successful,” French said. “They have great facilities and a great ball field over there, and it’s just a beautiful place.”
French’s relationships with Lee and assistant coach Bradley LeCroy were important factors in his decision.
“I feel like I can go up to them, say hey whenever and actually have a conversation with them on the phone, just talk to them how I would talk to my high school coaches,” he said.
French hit .325 with eight home runs and 33 RBI as a freshman. The 6-foot, 185-pound right-hander was named to Perfect Game’s Top Prospects List following the season.
“They like that I can hit, and they like me behind the plate,” French said. “As a catcher, I think my arm and my receiving are my strengths.”
French is confident about his commitment, and he is enjoying the moment with his family.
“It feels amazing to be a Tiger,” he said. “Everyone in the house right now, we’re all excited to be a part of the Clemson family.”