CLEMSON — Clemson has its first defensive commitment for the class of 2022, and it’s a big one.
Four-star safety Sherrod Covil announced Thursday afternoon that he has committed to the Tigers.
Covil chose Clemson over Notre Dame, Miami and North Carolina. He is Clemson’s sixth commitment in this class.
Covil told ClemsonSports.com he picked the Tigers because of: “The family atmosphere and how everyone was genuinely connected.”
He added that: “The facilities are top notch, the players are down to earth and it’s just one big family.”
In addition to Covil, the Tigers have four offensive commitments — all four-star recruits. The group is headlined by quarterback Cade Klubnik of Westlake High in Austin, Texas.
Clemson could add to its commitment list on Friday as four-star cornerback target Toriano Pride is set to announce his decision. Pride has Clemson as a finalist, along with Ohio State and Oregon.
What addition of Sherrod Covil means for Clemson
Clemson has had success landing big-time defensive backs from Virginia, and Covil is just the latest.
He joins K’Von Wallace and Malcolm Greene as recent defensive backs to land at Clemson from Virginia.
Covil is a big-time hitter who has really good ball skills and will bring an attitude to Clemson’s secondary.
Clemson likes finding defensive backs who are versatile and Covil is certainly that as he excels in run support and pass coverage.
The Tigers landed four-star safety Andrew Mukuba in the 2021 class, and Mukuba and Covil have a chance to turn into a special tandem.
Clemson currently has nine safeties on its roster, including Nolan Turner, who is entering his final year in the program.
Still, the safety position was a weakness for Clemson late last season, and Covil should have the opportunity co compete for playing time early on as a Tiger.