OL Hunter Rayburn (6-4 310) of Pensacola, FL Monday became the first offensive lineman to commit to Clemson for the 2019 class. Rayburn committed to the Tigers after visiting Texas A&M over the weekend with his teammate OL Adrian Medley who committed to the Aggies. The pair visited Clemson last week.
“Coming back yesterday it was still between the two of them, I was down to a couple,” Rayburn said. “I talked to my family last night and I’ve prayed about it for a few weeks now and Clemson is just the place for me. It was more of the feeling I get there and the coaches fit me, fits me the best. Anywhere I go I’m going to have to earn my way for playing time. I like the way he (OL coach Robbie Caldwell) does it. I like the fact that Clemson plays more freshman than I think any other school in the country. Anywhere I go I’m just going to have to work for it so that wasn’t a huge decision factor.”
Rayburn said the Tigers like him as a center or guard but he can swing out and play tackle if necessary. Along with Texas A&M he had offers from USC, Duke, Stanford, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and others. He said getting the chance to join the Clemson program at this point in its history was big to him.
“It’s phenomenal,” he said. “What they’ve been able to do over the past couple of years, three straight playoffs and twice in the national championship. It’s a great program and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”
Rayburn is the Tigers’ second commitment in two days and 14th for the 2019 class. He said he will sign and graduate early and enroll in January.