The Clemson Tigers have added a commitment in the Class of 2019 as Maryland defensive tackle Tayquon Johnson announced his commitment on Monday.
Johnson made his commitment public to Brian Dohn of 247Sports and explained his decision as well.
“I picked Clemson because of how they run their program. They are raising young men into men, and developing their talent on and off the field. The coaches and players and people in the program see eye-to-eye,” Johnson said.
Rated as a 3-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings, Johnson is listed as the No. 466 overall prospect and No. 28 defensive tackle in the nation. He’s also ranked as the No. 10 player in Maryland for the Class of 2019.
Johnson committed to Clemson over Alabama, Penn State and Georgia among others. Prior to committing, he had unofficially visited the Clemson campus twice in the last three weeks and he was considered a strong Clemson lean before announcing his decision.
At 6-foot-2 and 295 pounds, Johnson is a big-bodied defensive lineman who should fit in well with a unit that has become dominant in recent years. He explained what he likes about the Clemson defense to 247Sports.
“I fit in as a defensive tackle/nose guard,” Johnson said. “I love how they have an aggressive play call to (the defense) and it fits how I play.”
Clemson will now have to hold off recent offers from Alabama and Penn State to officially land his services. He’ll be able to sign his National Letter of Intent in December at the earliest.
The Tigers now have 12 commitments in the Class of 2019. 247Sports ranks that class as the best in the ACC and No. 4 in the nation.