When class of 2020 right-handed pitcher Cameron Barnhill received an offer from head coach Monte Lee and Clemson on Sunday, it was a lifelong dream come true.
“They actually offered me (Sunday) night, and I knew from the get-go that’s where I wanted to go because that’s my dream school,” Barnhill told The Clemson Insider. “I grew up going to Clemson football games, baseball games and basketball games. Once coach Lee offered me, I knew that’s where I wanted to be for sure.”
On Monday, Barnhill (6-1, 180) made it official and announced his commitment to Clemson.
The native of Nichols, S.C., and Green Sea Floyds High School standout chose the Tigers over offers from South Carolina and Georgia Tech. He was also drawing interest from Duke, North Carolina, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina and Furman.
“Ever since I was little, it’s been I want to go to Clemson,” Barnhill said. “That’s just how it is.”
Lee was thrilled when Barnhill gave him the news of his pledge.
“He told me he was excited to have me aboard and just ecstatic about the commitment,” Barnhill said.
Barnhill’s comfort level with Lee and pitching coach Andrew See was an important factor in his decision.
“Coach Lee, he really cares about his players and wants to get the best out of them,” Barnhill said. “I talked to coach See some, and he is the same way, just love for his players and he pushes them to be the best they can be.”
Barnhill works with a three-pitch mix of a fastball, changeup and slider. His fastball sits in the 83-86 mile-per-hour range and has touched 88 miles per hour this summer.
As a freshman last season, Barnhill recorded a 2.22 ERA. He recently pitched four no-hit innings, struck out six batters and earned the win in a game at the 15-and-under Perfect Game World Series in Cartersville, Ga.
“I hit my spots and have pretty good velocity for my age,” Barnhill said of his strengths on the mound.
Barnhill made a couple of unofficial visits to Clemson during the 2017 season, and the visits reinforced even more the fact he wanted to be a Tiger.
“How the fans were, they really cared about the team,” Barnhill said, “and I wanted to be with a fan base like that.”
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