It was Clemson and his home state team of LSU that were battling to gain the commitment of running back Travis Etienne out of high school. In the end, the Tigers – the ones in South Carolina – were the ones to land him.
Early on, the true freshman has not regretted that decision.
Etienne is a primary reason why the Tigers are ranked second in the AP Poll and are 3-0 to start the young season. For the Jennings, La. product, the choice to stay home or head out of state could have gone both ways, but when he came up to Clemson for an official visit, he was impressed.
It was very close. Closer than you could imagine. It was like a little edge. But I’m glad I chose to come here…Just coming here and just seeing it for the first time, I fell in love with the people first off, then the facility really helped.
[T]he culture and just seeing how they’ve done in recent years with the running backs and the offense as a whole…looking at that, Clemson really sold me.
So far, Etienne is off to a good start. After an eight-carry, 81-yard outing against Kent State during which he scored a touchdown, he carried the ball six time for 98 yards and a touchdown in Clemson’s win over Louisville on Saturday. He will have a chance to add to that as the Tigers welcome Boston College to Memorial Stadium this week.
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