Clemson gets first defensive commitment

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and his staff are doing their best to recruit in-state, and it has paid off with four commitments so far in the 2014 recruiting cycle -- three of which are among the top 15 recruits in South Carolina. No other program has a commitment so far from a top 15 prospect in the Palmetto State. But another priority area for the Tigers has been the recruiting hotbed in Georgia, where there is never a shortage of upper echelon talent. On Wednesday, Clemson picked up its fourth four-star commitment from the Peach State and its first defensive commitment of the class.

Two weeks ago, four-star linebacker Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford) knew where he wanted to play at the next level, but he wanted his parents to get a look at the program before he made his decision official. That happened this afternoon, and the No. 14 prospect in Georgia gave the Clemson staff the news before his visit was over.

"I am committed to Clemson University," Rogers said. "It feels great to get it off of my chest. I am excited about being a Clemson Tiger."

While other programs, including nearby Georgia, were in contention for the 6-foot-1, 207-pound linebacker, Rogers feels both he and the Clemson program can benefit the most from each other.

"I picked Clemson because of how well I fit in into the University," Rogers said. "The atmosphere and football there are incredible. Clemson is on the rise to the top, and I would love to be a part of it."

Swinney and his staff were elated to get the news they had added one of their top linebacker targets to the commitment list.

"They were extremely happy to have me to be the first defensive commit," Rogers said. "They think I can be the face of Clemson's defense."