By Keith McGonigle.
For 2011 defensive tackle commit Grady Jarrett, it was coach Swinney that played the biggest factor in his decision, “I went to Clemson’s camp over the summer and after the camp I talked with coach Swinney. He told me how much he liked me and how much I could help the team. He extended me an offer right there. He is a real good dude.”
Clemson has always been a top school for Grady, “Clemson was always a school I wanted to go to, and when I began to visit, I liked it more and more each time. I started to build a relationship with players and coaches and it just felt like the right choice.”
Grady may visit some schools with his teammates when other teams play Clemson but says his commitment to Clemson is “100% solid.”
The 6’2” 282 lbs. defensive lineman recently took in a practice at Clemson and liked what he saw, “I got to see how they actually run a practice and how the coaches interact with the players in a real environment. It was real good. I liked what I saw from defensive tackles Jarvis Jenkins and Brandon Thompson; they were big and really good.”
Grady knows that Clemson has some very talented players on the defensive line that he will have to compete with next year but that does not phase him, “When I come in I want to compete for playing time. I think I can go in and compete with anybody anywhere.”
The standout from Rockdale County High school had his first game last Friday and showed already impressed, “We won our first game 6-3. The defense did really good, the offense just needs to work a little more.” Grady racked up an impressive 15 total tackles, 9 of those tackles were for loss. Grady also helps out on offense where he plays guard and tackle.
Grady would like to come up for Clemson’s first home game and at worst should be in Death Valley in a few weeks.