During the Dabo Swinney era, Clemson has generally taken a very meticulous approach when it comes to recruiting the running back position.
The Tigers tend to cast a very small net each recruiting cycle, choosing to recruit just one or two players at the time. Don’t expect that to change in the 2024 recruiting cycle. So far, Clemson has offered just one player at the position.
David Eziomume, out of North Cobb (Kennesaw, Ga), picked up that offer last October and has remained the Tigers’ top target since. The blue-chip prospect was on hand for Elite Junior Day, and came away impressed by the visit.
“A lot of people just know Clemson for the name,” Eziomume told All Clemson. “Just actually being down there and understanding why Clemson is Clemson, seeing recruits come through and seeing exactly how the staff originated. It’s very special. And I feel like a lot of guys go down there for special reasons because they understand Clemson holds a future for you, a career.”
Eziomume picked up his offer last fall after running backs coach C.J. Spiller went and watched him play and the two have since developed a pretty close bond.
“That’s a great relationship, honestly,” Eziomume said. “Coach Spiller’s my guy. And I say that because I mean it. Who he is and the things he’s done. He’s very humble and doesn’t say anything about all his accomplishments. And that’s just something I look into as a coach, knowing that somebody you can rely on, somebody that has set the highest standard. Something a lot of people can’t say.”
Knowing that he is the guy at the top of the board and that he is the guy the staff is all in on is something else that has resonated with Eziomume.
“It’s something very special,” he said. “Something in my recruiting process that I will be looking at because being the only back in the ’24 class, it means a lot. Especially, coming from Clemson. And it might be home as well.”
Eziomume currently has more than two dozen offers. Northwestern and Florida State being two of the most recent. Currently, he is hearing a lot from Arkansas and TCU, but it is Clemson and Georgia Tech that might be recruiting him the hardest at this juncture.
The talented back feels like his recruitment might be starting to wind down. However, he said he does want to get back to Clemson in the spring. This time he is hoping to bring his mother.
“I’m actually trying to get my mom down to Clemson during March to see if I can get her opinion on things, then I’ll make a decision,” he said. “Because she really hasn’t been on any visits with me. But I really want to make a decision soon. I don’t want to be the only kid that waits when I know where home is.”
Between now and then, Eziomume will continue to weigh his options. He’s looking for a school with strong academics, as well as one that can best prepare him for life after football.
“I’m really big on academics,” Eziomume said. “There’s a career after football and I believe that’s something that will come playing at Clemson. I’m looking at somewhere that’s gonna get me set. Somewhere where I’m gonna have fun.”
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