The Daniel High School (Central, S.C.) football team has a terrific tandem on its defense in Jake and Tyler Venables.
The sons of Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, Jake and Tyler know what to do when they step on the football field and have the talent to go with their football IQ.
“Just a fantastic duo to be completely honest with you,” Daniel head coach Jeff Fruster told The Clemson Insider on Friday during our Tour of Champions stop at the school. “Those guys are doing some things that are just amazing, and athletically they are very gifted. Truly an asset to this team.”
Jake, who committed to Clemson in December, anchors the Daniel defense at linebacker — the position his father played at Kansas State and now coaches for the Tigers.
Jake (6-2, 223) is skilled at his craft and possesses natural leadership qualities that Fruster says will be tough for his team to replace.
“Jake’s been with the varsity team since his freshman year and he’s been nothing but an asset ever since he touched the field,” Fruster said. “Pure leadership and the ability to get the kids behind them and lead them to success. The guy does a lot of things that you just can’t put a price on, and he’s really going to be missed.”
Fruster, meanwhile, sees a lot of similarities to Jake in Tyler.
“I think he’s Jake 2.0,” he said, “though he wants to make his own name.”
Tyler showed up all over the field in Daniel’s 13-0 loss to Seneca. A ball-hawking safety, he made tackle after tackle and has a nose for the ball.
“My brother’s a stud,” Jake said. “He’s an animal. He’s always going to find the ball. He loves the game.”
Jake is a proud older brother and glad to have the opportunity to play with his sibling in his final season before he heads to Clemson.
“It’s an honor,” Jake said. “Knowing this is my last year of high school, playing with my brother is pretty special.”