Clemson University

Dabo nabs his first commitment

Clemson has collected its first commitment since Dabo Swinney was named coach, getting a pledge from Jonathan Meeks, is reporting.

Meeks (6-2, 194) is from Rock Hill, but played last season at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He reportedly had scholarship offers from Florida, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Kansas, among others.

Saw Meeks, along with three other official visitors, at Clemson’s practice and basketball game Sunday. Not sure he’s 6-2, but he looks the part, which is a start. The Tigers were in dire need of safeties considering they had lost commitments from blue-chipper Craig Loston of Houston, Texas, and South Pointe’s Devonte Holloman, who is expected to enroll at USC next month.

Likewise, Meeks is an early enrollee.

Clemson loses both of its starting safeties, seniors Michael Hamlin and Chris Clemons, and has little experience behind them.

Sophomore strong-side linebacker DeAndre McDaniel will be moving back to safety, where he spent last season, but the rest of the picture is yet unknown. Second-stringer Marcus Gilchrist was a stop-gap option who seems better cast as a cornerback. And beyond them, there are redshirting freshmen Spencer Adams and Rashard Hall. Adams was the higher-rated recruit of the two and has blazing speed, but he is recovering from a torn knee ligament and I don’t think is participating in spring practices.