Waccamaw interior lineman Jerome Maybank had scholarship offers from South Carolina, North Carolina and Clemson in hand and school pamphlets showing up in the mail from schools such as Alabama, Florida and Florida State.
The 6-foot-5, 336-pound rising senior can't sign a binding National Letter of Intent until National Signing Day in February.
Yet on Saturday, Maybank decided to follow his heart and announced that he would become a Clemson Tiger.
"I feel real comfortable about it," Maybank said. ''This is my heart, and I just feel real good about it."
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Maybank said he informed the Clemson coaches of his decision early Saturday.
"It was exciting," Maybank said. "[The Clemson coaches] told me they were really excited to have me as part of the family. With my commitment now, to them the 2011 class is looking real good."
Maybank, who plays both offensive and defensive line in high school, said Clemson recruited him as a defensive tackle.
"Where I am at [with my weight] is pretty good," Maybank said. "[The coaches] just want me to hit the weights and keep up my grades."
Maybank said he has yet to take any of the college entrance tests.
Waccamaw offensive line coach Robert Burdette said Clemson coaches were extremely impressed with Maybank when they saw him last summer at their camp.
"[The Clemson coaches] told me they would take him right then," Burdette said. "When he came home he told his dad that he just fell in love with the place and the coaches."
Burdette said there isn't much secret to Maybank's success.
"Six-5, 336," said Burdette, referring to Maybank's size. "Not a whole lot of coaching involved in that. He is just huge, and he just turned 17 last Decemeber. He is really kind of young. Just this past year he has really gotten comfortable in the weight room.
"He has gotten really strong. I think he is going to be one heck of a player before it is over with."
Maybank will play his senior season at Waccamaw under new coach Tyronne Davis, who is taking over for retiring Burney Bourne.
The Warriors have several graduating players who also plan to play college ball.
Terron Britton, who started at quarterback for the Warriors, will play football at Feather River community college in Quincy, Calif., in the fall. Running back John Gibbs and linebacker Ivan Reed both expect to play college football, but have not made their college choice, Burdette said.