The football program at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School has been very good to Clemson over the years. And Saturday morning the Tigers landed a commitment from the latest major prospect produced by the Red Raiders in DE LaSamuel Davis (6-4 216).
Davis is the fifth Red Raider to commit to Clemson since 1992 when Chris Franklin signed with the Tigers. Ricky Sapp, Da'Quan Bowers and Martin Aiken later came down the line.
Davis also is Clemson's second commitment in as many days after the Tigers landed WR Deon Cain of Tampa Friday. He gives Clemson 17 pledges for the 2015 class.
Davis missed much of his sophomore season with a deep thigh bruise. He bounced back last season with 112 tackles with 38 for loss and 7 sacks. That established him as one of the state's top prospects for this season.
"His motor never stops," said Bamberg-Ehrhardt coach Butch Crosby who saw two other major prospects, AJ Cann and his son Kevin Jr., sign with USC. "He has long arms and plays with great leverage. His first stop off the ball is explosive. He plays the game real violent."
Florida and Georgia Tech were the first to offer Davis in January. Clemson later followed and Davis visited there in February and March and the Tigers moved to the front.
"I sat down and talked with coach (Marion) Hobby one on one when I make my visit and he told me I had a chance of being a really good athlete," Davis said. "He said he liked was how I came back off my injury."
"His mom and dad fell in love with it," Crosby said. "They liked the atmosphere and the family part of it. They think he can play one of their defensive ends. He can get bigger and has been working out hard in the weight room. He's got a chip on his shoulder because he feels he hasn't reach his full potential."
Davis believes he can reach that full potential by following in the footsteps of the outstanding defensive ends who have preceded him at Clemson,.
"I like how they do a lot of things with their defensive ends," he said. "As long as I come in and work hard they said I can step on the field. I get off the ball real quick and I have good hands and technique. I just go and keep moving forward."
USC showed interest in Davis and came thru the school this spring but wanted him to visit this summer before making an offer. Florida did make a strong push and was number two on his list. He also had offers from NC State, North Carolina, Oregon, Wake Forest, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Southern Cal, UCLA, Virginia Tech, East Carolina and Tennessee.