Clemson continued to display its recruiting muscle in the state of Georgia on Friday with a commitment from defensive back Kyler McMichael of Norcross.
McMichael, who also excels on offense with the ball in his hands, chose the Tigers over Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama and Florida State. He’s the 11th commitment for the Tigers’ 2018 class and the fourth heavily recruited prospect they have pulled out of the Peach State.
“He is so explosive,” said McMichael’s coach Tim Hardy. “From point A to point B, it’s remarkable how powerful he is whether it’s breaking on the ball, carrying the ball as a running back or closing the gap. He’s a powerful, explosive young man. He’s a gifted, talented guy.”
Hardy said McMichael is a player who is still improving and made great strides as a running back last season as he rushed for 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns. Clemson could find some usage for him on the offensive side, but Hardy said the Tigers will plug him in somewhere in their secondary.
“He’s a guy who can come in in a nickel situation early in his career and lock up and help out in the run game as well,” Hardy said. “And the more guys watched him they’re like, ‘And, maybe we’ll hand it to him on the jet sweep.’ ”
Hardy said McMichael played more on offense than defense last season because that was their greater need. He will continue to play a lot on offense for his team this season.
As for his future at Clemson, Hardy said there will be nothing but success ahead for McMichael.
“He’s an outstanding young man, very coachable and eager to learn,” he said. “A really good teammate who cares about the 65th man on the roster as much as he does the third or fourth man on the roster. He’s going to assimilate real well into the college culture and will be a great teammate as well as a player.”