Clemson’s 2019 football commitment class hit the dozen mark on Monday afternoon with DL Tayquon Johnson (6-3 275) of Williamsport, MD announced for the Tigers from a field of 10 finalists. He’s the first defensive linemen to commit to the class.
Johnson also had Penn State, Maryland, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia, Rutgers, Temple and Virginia on his short list. He visited Clemson twice in the last two months including last Friday.
“I picked Clemson because of how they run their program,” Johnson said. “They are raising young men into men and developing their talent on and off the field.”
Johnson also plays on the offensive line in high school but Clemson recruited him strictly as a defensive lineman. Last season he had 87 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 8 sacks and earned all-county honors.
“I fit in as a defensive tackle/noseguard,” he said. “I love how they have an aggressive play call to it and fits how I play. Coach Bates is an awesome coach along with a great farther and a man. He puts character development first and makes you work hard so you can achieve your dreams. And Coach Swinney is a faithful man that loves all of his players and wants to see all of them succeed in all areas of life. He, along with the rest of his coaching staff, has done a wonderful job working with me.”
Adding Johnson to the commitment list gives the Tigers six pledges on defense, five on offense and one specialist.