Clemson is losing two running backs from this year’s national championship team and all time leading rusher Wayne Gallman and backup Tyshon Dye and replacing them with one in the 2017 class in Travis Etienne Jr. of Jennings, LA. Etienne announced his commitment to the Tigers Thursday night choosing them over LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Etienne made his official visit to Clemson last weekend and before he left the campus he knew that was going to become his home for the next few years.
“Just the coaches and the and the atmosphere when I went there and how everyone treated everyone,” Etienne said in explaining why he chose the Tigers. “I felt like I vibed with the coaches and I felt at home over there. When I was on my visit Saturday morning I knew that was where I wanted to be. I told the coaches Sunday morning and they were excited and they asked me if I was for sure and if I was ready to make that step.”
Etienne had no trouble stepping over, around and thru would be tacklers last season. He rushed for nearly 3000 yards and 43 touchdowns.
“I like to say I model my game after Adrian Peterson, that’s someone I really look up to,” Etienne said when asked about his running style. “Ezekiel Elliott and Trent Richardson back when was at Alabama. A physical guy with speed. I do whatever is necessary for my team.”
Etienne will join a crowded backfield in 2017 led by sophomore Tavien Feaster with CJ Fuller and Adam Choice also vying for carries. Etienne is hopeful for a shot at the starting job or a least a decent number of carries, and running backs coach Tony Elliott told him that his workload will be determined by his readiness.
“He just told me I have to come in and work hard and the best player plays. Nothing is guaranteed and I have to come in and play. When it’s my time, show that what I have to offer and the best player plays.”
Etienne takes the final spot in Clemson’s 2017 recruiting class and gives the Tigers 14 commitments.