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Clemson has landed its eighth verbal commitment of the 2007 recruiting class in Duncan - James F. Byrnes linebacker Stanley Hunter.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder verbally told the Clemson coaching staff he would be on his way earlier this spring, and on Tuesday at his school made a formal announcement at a press conference.
Hunter, Tigerillustrated.com's No. 12 rated prospect in the state of South Carolina for 2006-07, is the state's No. 2 rated linebacker, and a candidate to likely debut with a 5.7 marker on the Rivals.com ratings scale later this month.
The explosive athlete is coming off a highly impressive junior campaign where he helped guide the Rebels to yet another state championship. Last season Hunter posted 160 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, and 16 sacks.
In a year where Clemson could potentially take three commitments from linebackers, Hunter's pledge becomes the first, and the third overall among defensive Clemson commits, joining pledges Jarvis Jenkins, a defensive tackle out of Central - Daniel, and Rennie Moore Jr., a defensive end from St. Marys, Ga. - Camden County.
"I feel at home at Clemson, and I know that I've made the best decision for me," Hunter told Tigerillustrated.com in a Monday interview. "Me and Willy (Korn) have been talking about this day for a long time, and to play with him, him being my best friend, and us going through so much together, this was a decision that I was at peace with for a while."
Hunter, who picked Clemson over offers from Virginia Tech, North Carolina and South Carolina, becomes the third verbal commitment for Clemson inside linebackers coach - recruiting coordinator David Blackwell.
Hunter is coached by Mr. Bobby Bentley.
Later this evening Tigerillustrated.com will have more from Hunter's Tuesday night presser, including photos, comments and more.
Clemson 2007 verbal commitments
1. Willy Korn (QB 6-2, 200) Duncan - Byrnes
2. Jarvis Jenkins (DL 6-4, 290) Central - Daniel
3. Xavier Dye (WR 6-4, 187) Greenwood
4. Wilson Norris (OL 6-5, 320) Pickens
5. David Smith (OL 6-5, 280) Greenville
6. Rennie Moore Jr. (DL 6-5, 260) St. Marys, Ga. - Camden County
7. Landon Walker (OL 6-6, 270) Ronda, NC - East Wilkes
8. Stanley Hunter (LB 5-11, 205) Duncan - James F. Byrnes
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