Clemson has started to build its 2022 class from the inside out. Last week the Tigers landed their first commitment for the class OL Blake Miller of Ohio. Monday the Tigers picked up their second commitment for the class in OL Collin Sadler (6-5 295) of Greenville. Sadler is ranked as a four-star prospect and the #16 offensive tackle prospect nationally in the 2022 class in the 247Sports Composite.
Clemson had been a strong player for him since offering and he took in Saturday’s game with Boston College, his first visit to Death Valley for a game.
“It was great. It felt like home,” Sadler said. “That’s what I’ve been feeling for awhile anyway. That just confirmed everything for me. I just felt like it was the best time for me (to commit). I had had time to sit on the decision to make sure. I personally thought I was making the right decision.”
Sadler said he actually called Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney last week and committed to him over the phone.
“He was so excited. He was screaming and yelling,” Sadler said. “Everybody was so excited. That was awesome to hear.”
While Clemson has some of the finest facilities in college football, and Sadler is looking forward to taking advantage of them, that’s not what sold him on the program. It was the relationship he had built over time with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell that made all the difference to him.
“The two biggest things I’ve seen from Coach Caldwell is just trust and honest,” Sadler said. “I mean, you just really can’t put a value on those two traits, especially in a college coach. That’s really what affected my decision the most, just knowing that he’s just a genuine and honest guy.”
Sadler, who actually lives in Inman, plays offensive tackle for Greenville High. But he can play all the offensive line positions. He said Caldwell has not yet pinned him down for one particular spot.
“They like my versatility. They said I can move around on the line,” Sadler said. “For me, I really don’t care where I play. I’ll play wherever I’m needed.”
Some of Sadler’s other offers were Alabama, Iowa, Florida, Cal, Arizona State, Georgia, Notre Dame, LSU, Pitt, Duke, Penn State, Virginia, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Oregon, West Virginia, Miami, Oklahoma and Indiana.