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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Saturday afternoon Clemson's top 10-rated recruiting class received another big boost, as four-star prospect Lateek Townsend announced his intentions to play for the Tigers in conjunction with the US Army All-American game.
Townsend becomes the second linebacker commit for the Tigers in the 2011 class, joining fellow Pee Dee area pledge B.J. Goodson of Lamar, who committed to Clemson in October.
Townsend is rated by Rivals.com as the No. 8 outside linebacker prospect in the nation and 172nd nationally overall regardless of position.
The Bulldog defender was one of the Palmetto State's most productive defensive players in each of the last three years, registering 191 tackles and 36 tackles for loss in 2008. As a junior Townsend hauled in 189 stops and 36 tackles for loss.
Townsend becomes the ninth prospect with at least a four-star rating to pick Clemson in the 2010-2011 recruiting cycle. He's also the 13th South Carolina native to join the Tigers' 2011 recruiting class.
The national prospect is tentatively slated to officially visit Clemson on January 14.
Townsend chose the Tigers over 20+ scholarship offers, including full rides from Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, USC, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Georgia, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Arkansas and South Carolina. His Clemson recruiter is defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.
Towsend is expected to contend for immediate and possibly substantial playing time with the Tigers.
As of 7:00 p.m. EST Saturday, Clemson's recruiting class was ranked 9th in the country by Rivals.com.
Clemson's 2011 Verbal Commits
1. DeShawn Williams (DL 6-1, 300) Central - D.W. Daniel
2. Marlin Lane (RB 6-1, 190) Daytona Beach (FL) Mainland
3. Shaq Anthony (OL 6-5, 260) Piedmont - Wren
4. Tony McNeal (QB 6-1, 182) Chester
5. Robert Smith (ATH 5-11, 192) Dorchester - Woodland
6. Eric MacLain (TE 6-5, 245) Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt
7. Jerome Maybank (DL 6-4 1/4, 336) Pawleys Island - Waccamaw
8. Ryan Norton (OL 6-3 1/2, 275) Mauldin
9. Adam Humphries (ATH 5-11, 176) Roebuck - Dorman
10. Mike Bellamy (RB 5-10, 175) Punta Gorda (FL) Charlotte
11. Joe Gore (DL 6-6, 262) Lake Waccamaw (NC) East Columbus
12. Isaiah Battle (OL 6-7, 260) St. George, Va. - Blue Ridge
13. Charone Peake (WR 6-3, 200) Roebuck - Dorman
14. Grady Jarrett (DL 6-1, 280) Conyers (GA) Rockdale County
15. Cortez Davis (DB 6-3, 200) Daytona Beach (FL) Mainland
16. Colton Walls (FB/ATH 6-1, 215) Charlotte (NC) Latin
17. Martavis Bryant (WR 6-5, 200) Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy
18. Corey Crawford (DL 6-6, 274) Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy
19. B.J. Goodson (LB 6-1, 225) Lamar
20. Kevin Dodd (DL 6-5, 280) Greer - Riverside
21. Cole Stoudt (QB 6-4, 200) Dublin (OH) Coffman
22. Stanton Seckinger (WR 6-5, 200) Charleston - Porter Gaud
23. Sammy Watkins (WR 6-1, 180) Ft. Myers (Fla.) South Ft. Myers
24. Lateek Townsend (LB 6-2, 200) Bennettsville - Marlboro County
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