Clemson wrapped up its 2013 National Signing Day with good news from a highly touted four-star prospect. Offensive guard Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C.) announced his decision to sign with the Tigers on national television, spurning Georgia and completing Clemson's 21-player 2013 class.
Crowder said that he chose Clemson because the Tigers made contact early -- since ninth grade, according to Crowder -- yet "didn't put too much pressure" on the highly touted guard, and allowed him to "do his thing."
He also mentioned a personal bond with the current Clemson players, developed during on-campus visits. Crowder also received offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Texas before narrowing his choices to the Tigers and Bulldogs.
Clemson fans hope that Crowder will be a key piece of an offensive that can block for Tyshon Dye, the No. 12 running back in the 2013 class, according to 247Sports. The physicality and athleticism of both players should fit well with Chad Morris's system; which coach Dabo Swinney has said will likely stay in place even if he decides to take another head coaching job in the near future.
Like the signing of MacKensie Alexander earlier in the day, Crowder's commitment helps alleviate some of the earlier disappointment from missing out on other last-minute elite prospects like Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson. The Tigers' class finished ranked No. 2 in the ACC and No. 13 nationally, according to 247Sports.com.
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