Don’t look now but Clemson is well past halfway to filling its’ 2016 recruiting class. The Tigers count only 13 seniors for 2015 and now have 8 commitments towards the 2016 class after Spartanburg RB Tavien Feaster announced his pledge Wednesday night. His commitment follows those of WR Cornell Powell of Greenville, NC and LB Jamie Skalski of Newnan, GA earlier in the day.
Clemson was the first to offer Feaster in 2013 and immediately moved to the front of the list as he added offers from USC, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Penn State, North Carolina, Virginia, Nebraska and Notre Dame.
“I enjoyed my recruiting process but Clemson is where I want to be,” Feaster said. “I’ve known they were my top choice and five days ago I told everybody I was ready. They were my first offer and since day one they’ve been with me and recruited me hard. They made me a priority to get down to Clemson, so I decided to join them at Clemson.”
Feaster attended Clemson’s junior day late last month and soon after decided he was ready to make his final decision and join what he thinks will be a program that will contend for ACC and national titles.
“Coach Swinney was telling me he’s building a dynasty,” Feaster said. “From what I see they are getting some highly recruited guys. They’ve got a wonderful quarterback, a big 2015 offensive line, great receivers that are already there and great receivers coming in. He’s put together a pretty good bunch.”
Feaster is regarded by some as the nation’s top running back prospect. Last season he rushed for 1153 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 45 passes for 1016 yards and 11 touchdowns. He knows Clemson will have several veteran running backs in the program but he’s not expecting to stand on the sideline for long, if at all.
“From what I’m told, they didn’t sign a 2015 back and they won’t sign another 2016 back,” Feaster said. “They’ve just got those young backs they had in 2014. I believe I can go in and compete for the spot right away. If I don’t get it right away, I know I’m going to get some carries. I know with my playmaking ability, they can’t keep me down for long. They can’t keep me off the field. I know I can go and play on kick return or punt return, something like that. Even if I don’t start the game off I believe I can get on the field immediately.”