Posted by Bryan Fischer
Clemson brought in one of, if not the, top linebacker groups as part of their class of 2011 and they are now in good position to being in the top defensive back class in 2012 based on a pair of recent commitments. Fairfax (S.C.) safety Ronald Geohaghan and Top 100 defensive back Travis Blanks of Tallahassee (Fla.) both pledged to the Tigers this week, giving the school two elite players for an already strong recruiting class.
"There's just something about Clemson," Geohaghan told TigerIllustrated.com. "They put out great players in so many sports and you see so many guys getting great jobs after they leave Clemson. I see it all over the place here. They have good citizens that represent the university well."
"I called up coach (Dabo) Swinney, told him and he was ecstatic," Blanks told the site Friday. "It was crazy. Coach Swinney is on the front-end of his coaching career and Clemson's been getting some big-time commits."
The 6-foot, 190-pound Geohaghan is high school teammates with Clemson commit Bashaud Breeland. The pair wanted to play together at the next level and it looks like both enjoyed Clemson enough for that to be the school they'll head to next fall.
"Bashaud and I had talked about playing together in college back when we were in high school," Geohaghan said. "Now it's going to happen and it's a dream come true. I'm going to work hard and hopefully play as a freshman."
Blanks is the 16th overall player in the class of 2012, according to analyst Tom Lemming. At 6-foot-1 and 195-pounds, he can play either safety or corner and starred at both during the recent Tallahassee Nike Camp, shutting down opposing receivers with ease. Holding well over 30 offers from powerhouse programs across the country, it was the Clemson coaching staff made the best connection with the talented Florida athlete and a big reason why he pulled the trigger on a commitment.
"They did a tremendous job," Blanks said. "They kept it real with me. They didn't hound me. I like those type of guys."
The five-star athlete had 104 tackles and four interceptions last year as a junior and added eight touchdowns on offense and special teams. He was expected to leave Tallahassee (home of Florida State) for college and had given strong consideration to Auburn and Miami. Geohaghan acutally played linebacker last season in high school and had 97 tackles and seven sacks. He was considering Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and South Carolina before picking the Tigers.
The pair's commitments give Clemson seven total players in the class of 2012, including three defensive backs for secondary coach Charlie Harbison. Both participated in Swinney's football camp this week prior to making their commitment.
Photo via MaxPreps of Travis Blanks.