Clemson’s coaching search has gotten off to a rocky start, but it is about to turn into an even more rocky start.
The Tigers have been under pressure to hire a new coach in the wake of an abrupt firing of the program’s athletic director last week.
On Thursday, the school announced it had hired Mike Krzyzewski as its next coach.
But now the school’s recruiting efforts are getting a fresh boost.
The school announced Wednesday that it had secured a commitment from a four-star recruit in the state of Georgia.
The commitment comes just one day after it made a commitment to the 6-foot-7 forward.
“It’s going to be great,” said Brandon Jones, a 6-3, 250-pound forward from South Florida.
“This is my dream school.
This is my favorite school.
I’ve never been to a college like Clemson.
It’s one of my favorite schools.
And I’ve been here a long time.
I think I’ve seen all the best and all the worst.
And that’s why I’m here.”
The commitment came two days after Clemson made an aggressive push to land five-star wide receiver Anthony Johnson, who was committed to the Tigers.
The two-star receiver was ranked No. 11 on ESPN.com’s Rivals 150 list, and Rivals.com also ranked him No. 15 nationally.
Clemson also signed four-stars guard Josh Holsey and two-stars defensive end Tyrell Lott in the Class of 2019, as well as two-and-a-half-stars wide receiver Marcus Morgan, who committed to Clemson on Tuesday.
Jones is currently enrolled at Miami (Ohio).
Jones is the second commitment in as many days for Clemson, who signed three-star linebacker Deon Jackson on Tuesday, as he is also expected to sign four- and five-stars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Kwon Alexander, among others.
Clemson’s recruiting rankings have been falling since its March 15 dismissal of the athletic director, Pat Haden.
The program’s search for a new athletic director was suspended on March 31 after former athletic director Tim DeRuyter resigned in the aftermath of a sexual harassment scandal.
After the school fired him, Clemson released a statement saying that it was “working diligently” to hire someone new.
The search for the next athletic director will resume when the search committee meets again on April 18, according to a news release from the school.
Clemson has made more than 300 commitments since its hiring of Haden in January 2017.