Make it four commitments for Clemson coming out of the All-In Cookout Friday night. Sunday afternoon DL Etinosa Reuben (6-3 275) of Riverside, MO committed to the Tigers over Ohio State and Wisconsin. He joins fellow 2019 class members WR Joseph Ngata and LB LaVonta Bentley and 2020 LB Sergio Allen as weekend commitments for the Tigers.
Clemson was not the front runner going into the weekend as Reuben was making his first ever visit to the campus. That was perceived as Ohio State. In fact, Reuben said last week he didn’t know Clemson had much interest in him until Brent Venables came thru his school during the evaluation period and offered. From there, Venables and defensive line coach Todd Bates put the recruiting rush on him. And after talking with Dabo Swinney Sunday, Reuben had his mind made up.
“It was right after my meeting with Coach Swinney,” he said. “We just talked about how he could see me fitting in and my role in the future. I just like the plan that we had set. I’ve been hearing them say that they could play me anywhere.”
Reuben had his family with him on the visit and that made his first experience on the Clemson campus all the more meaningful.
“When I stepped on campus, everybody felt sincere. I was immediately taken in by all of the commits and all of the coaches,” Reuben said. “Me and Coach (Todd) Bates’ relationship is really tight. Me, him and Coach V talk almost every day.”
Last season Reuben had 55 tackles and 5 sacks. He’s the second defensive tackle to commit and the 21st overall commitment for the 2019 class.