April 7, 2007

Clemson Commit #6

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Good Friday turned to be great for Clemson. The program, searching for a physical tight end, mined just the place that churns them out - the Midwest.

Welcoming in Nick DiLillo, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound stud from Madison (OH,) on an unofficial visit proved to be just what the doctor ordered.

"I committed this morning," DiLillo first told Tigerillustrated.com on Saturday. "Everything fits perfect - the stadium, the weight room. I just knew it was the place for me. I think the place is amazing and you couldn't find a more perfect college."

The standout was joined on his visit Friday with his mother Christine and grandfather Dave Drzik.

"We drove 10 hours down from Ohio," he described. "We drove eight hours on Thursday and stayed overnight in Gastonia, North Carolina, then drove the other two hours in the morning. My mom and grandpa didn't like that it was far away, but when we got here they fell in love with the place just like I did."

Tight ends coach and recruiter Billy Napier greeted the touted recruit and gave him a campus tour.

"(Napier's) real down-to-Earth and taller than I thought he would be," the state of Ohio product mentioned. "We got along so well and were more like friends than anything else. That's big that he'll be my position coach, too. Plus, they need a tight too and coach Napier said they are only going to bring in one, maybe two this year."

What else stood out?

"The campus was beautiful - that was the biggest thing," DiLillo continued. "I didn't know the stadium was that big - and they are planning to put even more money into it. It will be one of the best facilities in the nation then. (Vickery Hall) shows they have their stuff together as far as their academic program. You really have to put in (no) effort to fail."

He caught 46 passes for 580 yards and four touchdowns. For his work DiLillo was an All-State selection.

DiLillo's commitment, as first reported by Tigerillustrated.com, becomes the sixth for the Clemson coaching staff for the 2008 recruiting class, and yet another big step for the Tigers in further upgrading its personnel at tight end under Napier.

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