Clemson has landed a big verbal commitment from Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian four-star defensive back Kyler McMichael.
McMichael (6-1, 190) announced his decision on Friday morning via social media. He chose the Tigers over other finalists Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee.
“All THANKS and GLORY be to God!!” McMichael wrote in a post on Twitter. “I feel truly Blessed for this opportunity! I would also like to express appreciation towards my mom, dad and sister for their support, guidance and direction, they’ve always challenged me to be the best! I’d like to give Thanks to all of my coaches, teachers and extended family members for their support and assistance in developing me to become a better young man, student and athlete!
“I’d like to say thanks to every University that offered me the opportunity to attend their fine institution and continue my growth as a young man, student and athlete. The opportunity to play college football at the highest level has always been a goal of mine. I’m very fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity to fulfill my dream and receive a 1st class education. After several months of soul searching, long talks with my parents, careful analysis and prayer I’ve come to the conclusion that the best place for me to continue my progression as a young man, student athlete and my spiritual connection with GOD is with the reigning National Champs. I am now officially committed to CLEMSON University!!”
Clemson offered McMichael, a national top-150 prospect, in December. Along with the aforementioned schools, he had offers from Arizona State, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
The Tigers are recruiting McMichael, a versatile athlete, as a defensive back who could slot in at corner, safety or nickel in the future. As a junior last season, he played running back and recorded nearly 1,500 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns along with 14 receptions for 214 yards and a score.
Clemson has long been involved with McMichael and made him a priority in this cycle. He communicated regularly with co-defensive backs coach Mike Reed and spoke periodically with Dabo Swinney.
“He’s very sincere,” McMichael said of Swinney in an interview with TCI this spring. “He’s a nice guy. Probably the most energetic coach I’ve been around.”
McMichael most recently visited Clemson on June 10 with his parents and sibling. He also visited for the Orange & White spring game in April and attended Clemson’s elite junior day in January.
“The facilities are awesome,” McMichael said. “The coaches are great, very sincere, so I love it up there.”
McMichael’s pledge marks Clemson’s first from a defensive back in the 2018 class and 11th overall.
He joins Cartersville (Ga.) quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Covington (Ga.) Newton defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies and Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett defensive end Justin Mascoll as Clemson commits from the Peach State in this cycle.
Other commitments in the Tigers’ 2018 class include Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy defensive end Xavier Thomas, IMG Academy linebacker Mike Jones, Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe wide receiver Derion Kendrick, South Pointe kicker B.T. Potter, Richburg (S.C.) Lewisville defensive tackle Josh Belk, Central (S.C.) Daniel linebacker Jake Venables and Seneca (S.C.) tight end Braden Galloway.
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