Clemson added the last piece to its offensive line class for 2012 Saturday when Oliver Jones (6-6 315) of Ninety Six made a commitment to the Tigers. Jones contacted recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott Friday night then drove over to Clemson to surprise head coach Dabo Swinney with his commitment in person.
“He was shocked and excited,” said Jones who also considered USC and North Carolina. “It’s the family atmosphere and I felt comfortable there. The coaching staff, the players, I felt comfortable.”
Jones missed all of last season with knee and leg injuries but is 100% for the coming season. “Oliver is an enormously hard worker,” said his coach Chris Liner. “He was a perfect 57-57 in our spring workouts. Whatever it is they will ask him to do he’s going to go full bore into it. He’s a diamond in the rough. He’s got very good feet for a big guy. And he has the work ethic. He’s smart, he’s got the drive.”
Jones made several trips to Clemson during the recruiting process and familiarized himself with Chad Morris’ new offense. “I like the fast pace,” he said. “They need linemen who are agile but who can also put their nose down.” Jones was recruited to play tackle.
He’s the fifth offensive lineman commitment and the 16th overall commitment for the Tigers’ 2012 class. Nine are from South Carolina.