Clemson Wednesday gained their second offensive line commitment for the 2023 class, and it’s from another big Texan. Harris Sewell (6-4 290) of Odessa publicly announced for the Tigers choosing them over Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama. He joins Ian Reed of Austin as big Texas linemen who have committed to Dabo Swinney and offensive line coach Thomas Austin.
Vance Washington is one of Sewell’s coaches at Permian High School. He said the Tigers not only are getting a fine football player, but an excellent person.
“He’s just the most humble kid. Every place he’s visited is just great,” Washington said. “There’s never been a negative word about any place he’s visited. The way he’s approached this whole process, he’s just so humble. You can’t find a better kid. Not the football aspect of it, but just as a person, he’s a great leader. He’s not a real vocal guy. He doesn’t talk a lot. He’ll talk some, but it’s always positive. He’s got great parents. You can’t say enough good things about him. We’ve had a lot of kids go through this process in the past. It takes a special kid to handle this, and he really has. He’ll make everybody really happy because not only is he a great football player but he’s a great kid and a great person. He’s got great character.”
While a nice guy off the field, Washington added that Sewell is able to transform himself into a monster on the field.
“As much as I tell you what a great kid he is off the field, when he steps on the field, that switch flips. He is nasty. He is a road grader. He’s a physical dude,” Washington said. “I think that’s what everybody who has seen his film has talked about. He just comes off the ball and he has that streak in him. You want them to be great citizens off the field, but on the field, you want them to be nasty. That’s him. He’s a good one. He’s a really, really top-notch player and kid.”
And the coach said versatility is one of the strengths of Sewell’s game as an offensive lineman.
“He’s played all positions for us – guard, tackle and center. I think you keep him as a guard. I’m the defensive coordinator so I go against him all spring and during the year,” Washington said. “He can play whatever they want him to play. He’s got great hips, great explosion, great feet. He played basketball and baseball when he was younger. He’s an all-around athlete. He’s 300-pounds now so that doesn’t translate well to basketball or baseball. When I first noticed how talented he was and what a great athlete he is was when he was playing basketball in middle school. He played linebacker as an eighth grader in middle school. This kid is a good athlete and he’s just gotten big. God sure did give him some good stuff. He’ll make a great one. We’ve had some good ones come through and go to Texas, but he’s the best one that I’ve had since I’ve been around here. He’s a special dude.”
Sewell took his official visit to Clemson the weekend of June 3rd. He also made unofficial visits to Texas A&M, TCU, Auburn and Texas. He gives Clemson 15 commitments for the 2023 class.
Clemson 2023 commitments:
AVIEON TERRELL CB 6-0 170 ATLANTA
BRANDEN STROZIER CB 6-2 175 ALPHARETTA, GA
DAVID OJIEGBE DE 6-3 235 WASHINGTON, DC
AJ HOFFLER DE 6-5 240 COLLEGE PARK, GA
VICTOR BURLEY DT 6-4 278 WARNER ROBINS, GA
STEPHIYLAN GREEN DT 6-4 275 ROME, GA
JAMAL ANDERSON LB 6-4 195 HOSCHTON, GA
DEE CRAYTON LB 6-2 215 ALPHARETTA, GA
IAN REED OT 6-5 310 AUSTIN, TX
HARRIS SEWELL OT 6-4 290 ODESSA, TX
CHRISTOPHER VIZZINA QB 6-4 207 BIRMINGHAM
KYLEN WEBB SAF 6-1 180 SARASOTA, FL
OLSEN HENRY TE 6-4 210 NAPLES, FL
MARKUS DIXON TE 6-5 230 WARMINSTER, PA
NOBLE JOHNSON WR 6-3 205 ROCKWALL, TX