Clemson went into National Signing Day with the potential of adding three more players to its class.
The fact the Tigers came away with only one is not a huge disappointment considering that one was one of the top defensive line prospects in the country.
Shrine Bowler DJ Reader of Greensboro, NC narrowed his decision to Clemson and Maryland, and when it came down to making the choice, he went where the pull was greatest.
“He just felt in his heart Clemson was the place for him to be,” said Reader’s coach Damon Coiro. “He had a tough choice to make, but he felt Clemson was the best fit for hm.”
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And Reader should be a good fit on Clemson’s defensive line thanks to his 6-4, 306 pound body and his multiple skills.
“He can play the three to five technique is what he’s been told, the inside or on the edge,” Coiro said. “He has the intangibles that will help him out, flexibility and explosiveness.”
Reader had 70 tackles and 12 sacks last season when he also played on the offensive line. He’s also a baseball prospect as a pitcher and power hitting first baseman. And the chance to excel at a high level in both sports was big in Clemson’s favor.
“He wanted to play at the highest level in both sports,” Coiro said. “The reality of winning national championships exists at Clemson in both sports.”