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In a recruiting class expected to be heavy on bigs, Clemson's coaching staff landed another piece to its 2012 puzzle Saturday when Charlotte (NC) Olympic center Josh Smith opted to end his recruiting and pledge to the Tigers, as first-reported by Tigerillustrated.com.
The 6-foot-8, 250-pounder chose the Tigers over a handful of other offers, including Tulane, UNC-Greensboro, Ohio & Winthrop. Clemson assistant coach Earl Grant serves as Smith's recruiter of record.
Smith, who plays his AAU ball for the Charlotte Nets, also drew interest from Virginia, Xavier, Georgia and several other major Division I-A programs before choosing the Tigers. The Charlotte big man had been drawing closer to a decision in recent weeks.
Smith becomes the third pledge to join Brad Brownell's 2012 recruiting class. Brownell & Co. also have commitments from Irmo (SC) guard Jordan Roper who ended his recruiting on June 9, and underrated Jaron Blossomgame of Alpharetta, Ga. - Chattahoochee, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward, who opted to cast his lot with the Tigers in February.
In an interview on the Rivals.com network earlier this spring, Smith said of his game:
"My strengths are playing with my back to the basket. I'm mentally tough, but I don't think I'm as physically tough as I need to be. I have a good face-up game, too, but it's not yet where I want it to be."
Blossomgame is billed by Rivals.com as the 33rd-best power forward nationally. He ranks 130th nationally overall regardless of position. Roper also owns a three-star billing by Rivals.com.
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