ESPN 150 wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) had planned on waiting until June 10 to announce his decision, but after taking a visit on Wednesday, the No. 99 prospect in the country could not wait any longer.
"I had to go ahead and commit," Kitt said. "I knew last night after I visited, so I woke up this morning and called coach [Jeff] Scott, coach [Chad] Morris and coach [Dabo] Swinney and committed to Clemson. They were all really excited."
May has been a huge month for Clemson as far as recruiting momentum, with four 4-star prospects in Georgia making their commitments to the Tigers. Tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist) committed on May 8, running back Adam Choice (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central) committed on May 22, and linebacker Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford) committed on Wednesday night. Kitt felt everything was falling into place, so he added his name to the list.
"It is close to home for us and they have a great coaching staff, so we feel like we have a chance to win national championships," Kitt said. "Me and Deshaun (Watson) are going to try and replace Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd and break records there."
Kitt selected Clemson over Ohio State, among dozens of other offers. Proximity to home and a familiarity with a coaching staff that has made him a recruiting priority pushed the Tigers over the edge when it came time to make a decision, one which Kitt says is final. He was previously committed to Georgia a year ago, but opened things up last October, and over time the Bulldogs faded as schools like Clemson, Tennessee and Ohio State emerged as the frontrunners for the 6-foot, 196-pound wideout.
"It is really exciting to be committed to Clemson," Kitt said. "Their staff said they were relieved to know they got their top guy, and I do not plan to visit any other schools."
Clemson now has nine commitments, five from Georgia and four from South Carolina. Eight of the nine commitments are projected to play on the offensive side of the ball.