Clemson continued its magic in luring talented skill position athletes from the Tampa area Saturday when 2016 WR TJ Chase (6-3 180) of Plant City, FL committed to the Tigers at the end of junior day activities. Chase attends IMG Academy in Bradenton and was joined for the weekend at Clemson by two other high sought after prospects in DE Rahshaun Smith and ATH Saivion Smith. Neither of the Smith’s committed but they are also very interested in the Tigers.
But Chase was ready to make his decision after meeting with the Tigers and seeing in person what they have to offer.
“The strong relationship that I’ve built with coach Swinney and coach Scott, it was just a good atmosphere,” Chase said. “All the stuff that coach Swinney and coach Scott was telling me about the campus and Clemson, when I went out there it was really just like they said it was, like a family atmosphere. I just fell in love with it and I felt like it was home for me.”
Chase also took note of Clemson’s offense and it’s history with receivers from Florida, and that played a role in the quick decision.
“That’s a big part of the reason I committed,’ he said. “I’m trying to get to the league and stuff like that and they did that with a couple of their players and that played a big role in me committing.”
Last season Chase had 24 catches for 600 yards and 5 touchdowns. And now that he’s made this commitment, he is finished with recruiting.
I”m shutting everything down, Clemson is the place for me,” he said. “I’m deciding to shut that down and just make sure I have the grades and stuff to get down to Clemson.”
Some of Chase’s other offers include USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, NC State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State and Virginia Tech.
He’s the Tigers’ fourth commitment for the 2016 class.