CLEMSON — Clemson could soon have its first defensive commitment in the class of 2022.
Sherrod Covil announced Wednesday on Twitter he will make his commitment at Thursday’s Rivals 5-star challenge camp. A top-15 safety and top-200 recruit, the 10th ranked prospect out of Virginia visited Clemson for the Elite Retreat this past weekend.
The 4-star safety, who is one of the hardest-hitting players in the country and who has one of the best Twitter handles in America, released a top three on Sunday night. Thursday’s announcement will come down to Clemson, Miami and Penn State for the services of the ferocious defensive back.
Brent Venables has been Covil’s main recruiter, and Clemson offered him officially on June 1. The Tigers have had success in landing defensive backs out of Virginia, including safety K’Von Wallace and Malcolm Greene.
“The ACC has been my favorite conference and Clemson my favorite team since I could remember,” Covil told ClemsonSports.com after the offer. “It all started with me rooting for Clemson in football. Before then, I never watched it, I just played.”
The Tigers’ 2022 class is starting to take shape. The class picked up a fifth commitment on Monday night, adding kicker and punter Robert Gunn III. They have their quarterback in Cade Klubnik, along with offensive linemen Collin Sadler and Blake Miller. They added another offensive lineman to the class at the end of the big on-campus recruiting weekend — preferred walk-on Mason Johnstone.
Clemson now could pick up a crucial commitment on Thursday. The Tigers still haven’t landed a defensive commitment in their 2022 class and boast the 34th overall class. Their 94.59 player rating is one of the highest, though.
Adding Sherrod Covil would boost the class ranking and player ranking. More importantly, it would get the commitments rolling on the defensive side of the ball.