One of the country’s top defensive back prospects has given a verbal commitment to the defending national champions.
Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton 2019 four-star safety Joseph Charleston announced his commitment to Clemson via social media on Tuesday evening, and spoke with The Clemson Insider about his decision shortly after.
Charleston becomes the first commitment in Clemson’s 2018 class.
So, why did he choose to become a Tiger?
“It just felt like the right decision,” Charleston said.
Clemson beat out many major programs for Charleston’s pledge. The highly touted junior held offers from Alabama, Georgia, N.C. State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech among others.
Charleston (6-2, 190) received an offer from the Tigers in June after visiting Clemson during the Dabo Swinney Camp that month. He then returned to Clemson for the Kent State, Auburn and Wake Forest games this season.
After experiencing Clemson, Charleston knew for sure that it’s the right place for him.
“I have been up there for three games this season and spent the night twice,” Charleston said, “and every time I went up there it felt like the best fit for me.”
Charleston called Clemson safeties coach Mickey Conn on Monday to deliver the good news.
It just so happens that yesterday was Conn’s birthday, and he couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift.
“It was coach Conn’s birthday yesterday, so he kept saying that it made his day and that he is extremely happy,” Charleston said.
Charleston is ranked as a top-10 safety and top-200 overall prospect in his class according to ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports.
As a sophomore last season, he recorded 69 tackles, including three for loss, four interceptions, six pass breakups and a forced fumble.