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Venables loving life as Clemson commit

A part of what has the chance to be a historic 2018 recruiting class, Central (S.C.) Daniel four-star linebacker Jake Venables is loving life as a Clemson commit.

“I am enjoying every second of it,” he told The Clemson Insider. “There’s still more to come.”

Since becoming the third member of Clemson’s class in December when he announced his commitment on his father’s birthday, Venables has been free of the concerns that come with the recruiting process.

“I have nothing to worry about,” he said. “I’m in good hands and committed to the greatest school in the world.”

Pulling the trigger on his pledge to Clemson has allowed Venables to transition from being the recruited to the recruiter. He is working in tandem with fellow commits such as Mike Jones, Trevor Lawrence and Xavier Thomas to aid the Tigers’ recruiting efforts.

Venables named a list of elite prospects when asked which peers he is trying to sway Clemson’s way.

“Definitely Jackson Carman, Jamaree (Salyer), Justyn (Ross), Zamir (White), Brennan Eagles, Thomas Booker, Darnell (Jefferies), KJ (Henry), Tyson Campbell, Anthony Cook, and some other guys,” Venables said.

“I’m just telling them how great it would be to be a Tiger,” he added.

Meanwhile, Venables continues to hone his craft as a linebacker.

His dad, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, has told him he is capable of playing all three linebacker positions at the next level.

“My pops said I can play all three,” he said. “But I think I’ll end up at MIKE/WILL.

“Right now I am trying to be the most explosive player I can be. I feel my weight is solid and I just want to become stronger and quicker.”

Venables will make his next unofficial visit to Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Camp next month.

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