Clemson lands first 2019 verbal commitment

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With guards Shelton Mitchell and Marcquise Reed both entering their final season of eligibility, adding perimeter talent is critical for Clemson when it comes to the program’s 2019 recruiting class. Brad Brownell and his staff received some good news Wednesday, as three-star guard Chase Hunter announced that he will be a Tiger.

Hunter, a 6-foot-3 guard from Atlanta (Westlake HS) whose play throughout the summer for the Atlanta Xpress led to more high-major programs getting involved in his recruitment, is Clemson’s first 2019 commitment. Hunter, who was also considering offers from Georgia, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Virginia, made his pledge just days after visiting the Clemson campus.

In total Clemson will have four scholarships available for 2019 recruits, with forwards David Skara and Elijah Thomas joining Mitchell and Reed as players who will be out of eligibility at the conclusion of the upcoming season.

Fresh off of a 25-win season and the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 1997, developments that led to Brownell receiving a new contract that runs through 2024, Clemson will now look to make good use of that momentum on the recruiting trail. Landing Hunter is a good first step in that regard.