Clemson is looking to replenish its safety position and Thursday coach Dabo Swinney personally delivered an offer to Nolan Turner (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) of Vestavia Hills, Ala., and Turner committed during the meeting at his school.
"I was speechless when he offered me," Turner said. "I didn't know what to say. It's a great day."
This season Turner recorded 63 tackles with five interceptions. Clemson has known about his for some time, having offered him a walk-on opportunity as far back as his junior season. But Swinney, impressed by what he saw of Turner, took the offer to the next level.
"He said he likes my toughness and work ethic and I play smart," he said. "I know defense well and I get everybody in the right position. I have a good instinct for the ball and I just make plays."
Turner also was offered by UAB and Alabama offered him a walk-on opportunity. He also drew interest from Troy, Samford and West Florida. He gives Clemson 19 scholarship newcomers for the 2016 roster. He will make his official visit to Clemson this weekend.