A.J. Terrell is a four-star cornerback from Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake), who finds himself going #AllIN with last season’s national championship runner-up, the Clemson Tigers.
Terrell, who’s ranked as the No. 9 cornerback in the 2017 class as well as the No. 7 recruit from the state of Georgia, committed to Clemson on Friday, becoming the Tigers 13th commitment in an already very impressive class.
The 2017 class is ranked No. 8 nationally and No. 1 in the ACC. It features two five stars — quarterback Hunter Johnson and wideout Tee Higgins — and Terrell checks in as the third highest-ranked prospect, which goes to show you how big of a pickup he is.
Steve Wiltfong brings a bit more to the table regarding Terrell’s commitment, talking to his high school coach in this article.
“A.J., he’s a super smart kid, high football IQ, super physical, he’s college ready right now in my opinion,” Westlake coach Kareem Reid said. “He’s physically mature and can handle a lot of things mentally.”
“He kind of has the combination of it all,” Reid said. “A combo kid, could play safety or cornerback.”
Nationally, Terrell is ranked as the No. 71 recruit in America, more reason to be excited about him if you’re a Clemson fan. He’s 6-foot-2, 180 pounds — great size for a defensive back, especially one who’s just entering his senior year of high school — and he chose the Tigers over 21 other offers.
Wiltfong mentions Auburn, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina as other schools high on the list for Terrell, but he also has offers from Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Tennessee among others.
Without a doubt, according to the rankings as well as the offers, Terrell is a big-time commitment for Clemson. Under Dabo Swinney the Tigers have consistently recruited well, and the addition of Terrell is simply just another commitment in a long line of stars since Swinney has taken over the program.
Remember, in the past, Swinney has landed elite recruits such as five-star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (2016); five-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, five-star wideout Deon Cain and five-star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (2015); and four-star dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson (2014) — who maybe you’ve heard, is kind of good.
Recruiting is the lifeblood of any legitimate contender, and it’s the one thing that has helped put Clemson on the map these past few seasons.
Swinney is an energetic and passionate coach, the type of coach that players want to be around and play for. Clemson has a good fan base and a very impressive game day environment, and at this point success has created more success for the Tigers — as the old saying goes.
Recruits started to see that they could not only win big ACC games at Clemson, but big national games. Yes, the Tigers lost to Alabama in this past national championship, but at no point did the team look bad and in fact, Clemson at times looked like a team that could beat Nick Saban’s dynasty.
A lot of that is Swinney’s coaching, but much of it is the talent he’s recruited as well.
Recruiting is a snowball effect. The more great players you sign, the better your program is. The better your program is, the more great players you sign.
Terrell is simply the latest player to add himself to what is quickly becoming an avalanche of momentum for Clemson.