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Sumner-Gardner commits to Clemson
Posted Jun 14, 2012
Clemson added commitment No. 3 to the 2014 class when Texas safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner committed on Thursday afternoon.
The rising junior spent the last three days in Clemson for the
Dabo Swinney Football Camp
. Before he left town for home in Mesquite, Tex., Sumner-Gardner committed to Clemson.
since I was little, so I've always wanted to go to Clemson," he told
on Thursday afternoon.
Sumner-Gardner committed to Swinney and defensive coordinator
"We were in coach Swinney's office. He was talking about what I'm going to do. I was like, 'It's always been my dream to play here at Clemson,'" Sumner-Gardner said. "[Swinney] was like, 'You know you have an offer, right?'
"I was like, 'Yeah.' And I told him that I was all in and I'm committed."
That was the plan all along. If Sumner-Gardner left with an offer, he'd leave as a Clemson commitment.
"I was on a bus [to Clemson] for 24 hours," he said. "All the hours I was on that bus, I was thinking, I've got to...I came down and wanted to show my skills to the coaches."
And he did just that.
Not bad for a guy who still hasn't played a down of varsity football.
Instead of logging only a handful of varsity snaps behind a loaded West Mesquite High School secondary, Sumner-Gardner played on the jayvee squad, to help his development.
Among the upperclassmen in that West Mesquite secondary were 2012 New Mexico signee
, 2013 Tennessee commit
and three-star senior
"It feels good to know that all of my hard work is paying off," Sumner-Gardner said. "I'm working hard with coach [
...with Will and Kam.
"Now, I'm going to show everybody what Dylan Gardner is all about."
Clemson wasn't the first offer for the rising junior. TCU offered earlier this summer. Oklahoma and Texas A&M were also expressing interest.
"I've got an offer from Clemson now, so it doesn't really matter," he said.
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