On Wednesday, Clemson football achieved a significant triumph in recruiting as they secured the commitment of Ari Watford, a four-star defensive end and one of the standout edge rushers in the 2025 class.
Hailing from Maury High School in Norfolk, Va., Watford made the decision to join Clemson, opting for the Tigers over prominent competitors such as Ohio State, Penn State, in-state rival South Carolina, and ACC counterparts Virginia Tech and Syracuse.
A huge signing for the Tigers, Watford is one of the top recruits in the country. According to On3’s industry rankings, he is the No.1 edge and the No.21 overall player in the 2025 class. Another huge piece will be joining Clemson’s stacked defensive line.
With the news comes reactions. Here is a look at how X (formerly known as Twitter) reacted to the huge commitment.
The commitment of Ari Watford is a statement commitment for Clem and Coach Rumph. Although DE is still a position of need now–Watford is a premier talent in the ’25 class who has size, length, and the ability to get to the QB. Good start to the junior day festivities.
— QT (@QuackingTiger) January 24, 2024