Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is already coaching one of his sons — redshirt freshman linebacker Jake Venables.
Soon there will be another Venables playing defense for their father Brent.
Daniel High School’s Tyler Venables, the son of Brent and brother of Jake, committed to Clemson Sunday morning. The class of 2020 prospect is Daniel’s starting quarterback but will play safety for the Tigers.
“We are at the youth camp right now, and we were in Death Valley last night,” Tyler Venables said. “I saw Coach [Dabo] Swinney and he pulled me aside, and he was like, ‘When are you going to commit?’ And I was like, ‘You know what, I will go ahead and do it,’ and I committed. It wasn’t planned or anything. I just told him last night and I tweeted it out this morning. I had been thinking really hard about it for about a week. I told Coach Swinney and then I drove and he (Coach Venables) was at the house. He was like, ‘Dude, when are you gonna do this?’ He didn’t know anything about it at all. I told him, ‘I did it like 15 minutes ago.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, really,’ and was very happy so it was good.”
Venables knows the reaction by some in the community will be that he’s a gift offer because of his dad. But he has proven his skills on the football field with the Lions as a two-way player, and he looks forward to showing people what he can do on the bigger stage.
“I bring dedication, a leader, very hard-working. I never quit. I give relentless effort,” he said. “According to Rivals and all of those, I am probably going to bring the class percentage down. So, sorry about that. It’s humbling to be a part of all these 5-stars and great players and everything. But at the end of the day I don’t know if all that really matters. When you get on the field it’s who can play. “
Venables is projected to play safety for the Tigers. He’s the second safety in the class and the 17th commitment overall.
Tyler is rated as a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite rankings. He also held offers from Wake Forest, Coastal Carolina, Nevada and Jacksonville State.
Tyler passed for 3,006 yards and 26 touchdowns this past season, with four interceptions. He completed nearly 67 percent of his passes. Tyler also rushed for 890 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior.