Tigers add safety commitment
Evan McKelvey
Posted Jun 2, 2010

Clemson has added a verbal commitment and his name will certainly ring a bell.

Evan McKelvey committed on the spot when offered during his visit to Clemson on Wednesday.

A late qualifier after recently getting his necessary score on the SAT, he told CUTigers about his day while riding back home to Moncks Corner.

“First, when we got there, we met up with coach (Dan) Brooks—the defensive line coach. He told us about the school, the tradition and everything. He took us to coach Steele. He was telling me how he liked out how I played and everything.”

From there, they went on to meet with defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison.

“He’s the funniest coach out of all them. They call him coach Cheese because he smiles a lot— I can see why they call him that,” McKelvey said.

“He’s a down to earth guy. He gets to his point. You can joke with him and everything. He’s a kind of business guy. He’s more worried about the kind of person you are and you becoming a man before sports. All of it comes together. The athlete comes second.”

Next was the meeting with the head man himself- Dabo Swinney.

“When he first looked at my tape he was shocked. He was surprised because he really didn’t think I was that good,” McKelvey said. “He liked everything about me… he came with the big news and offered me a full scholarship there and I committed.

“I was very pleased and so were the people I came with, (Berkeley defensive coordinator) coach (Ed) Moore and Mrs. Carla (Moore). Coach Moore was very emotional and so was Mrs. Carla. They were happy for me.”

After the meetings, McKelvey toured the school and got to check out all of the football facilities.

“I think I’m going to do well up there. There’s a lot on my back,” he said.

His cousin, J.J. McKelvey, played wide receiver at Clemson and his favorite player in the NFL, Brian Dawkins also starred for the Tigers in Death Valley.

Plus a former Berkeley teammate is already in Tigertown.

“I’ve got Andre Ellington who was a former teammate there. I’m going to have a lot of fun trying to hit him,” McKelvey said.

East Carolina, Appalachian State and Marshall had also offered McKelvey.

But in the end, it’s all Clemson.

“It was weird how it all turned out. It was just a last minute thing. It just worked out the best to my advantage,” McKelvey said.

When he enrolls is still up in the air.

McKelvey could enroll in August and be available for the 2010 season, but there’s a “slight chance” that he’ll grey-shirt and be in Clemson in January.

As a senior at Berkeley he recorded 142 tackles, five interceptions and eight pass breakups.

McKelvey was also a standout track performer during his high school career as well.

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