Leamon commits to Clemson

Javarius Leamon

On Friday afternoon, Clemson secured a commitment from Javarius Leamon, the top-rated offensive tackle in South Carolina.

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The Scout.com three-star from Woodruff High School pulled the trigger while on the phone with head coach Dabo Swinney and recruiter of note Jeff Scott.

"I felt like it was the place for me. I went to other places. I just felt like Clemson was the place for me," Leamon told CUTigers.com on Friday.

Several factors figured into the equation for the Tigers' 13th commitment to the 2012 class.

"It's close to home. My parents liked it. I liked it. It just felt like the place for me…the coaches. It's kind of hard to explain. It had the family environment that I was looking for. It's somewhere I can fit in," he said.

Committing had been on Leamon's mind for the last several weeks. After three-day stay for camp in June and a return visit just a few days later with his mom and dad, the Tigers had worked their way towards the top of his list.

"I've been thinking about every school for a while," Leamon said. ‘It was just something I liked about Clemson."

And there was a point when Clemson figured to be a long shot. Most considered South Carolina as the team to beat for Leamon. Auburn had worked its way into that conversation, too.

Leamon had the Gamecocks second, a spot ahead of the other Tigers.

"There kind of was a thing I had for Carolina, but I felt like Clemson was the best fit," he said.

Scout.com ranks Leamon as the No. 37 offensive tackle in the class of 2012.

With his commitment, Clemson now has picked up verbals from three offensive linemen. Leamon joins center Jay Guillermo and guard Patrick DeStefano as commitments in the Tigers' 2012 haul.

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