Offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen announced his commitment to Clemson on Thursday afternoon, capping off a nationwide recruitment. The 4-star Florida prospect picked the Tigers from dozens of collegiate options, including Alabama and Florida.
Fruhmorgen, a 6'5", 280-pound junior at Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., is viewed as one of the country's premier offensive tackles. He rates No. 7 nationally at the position in 247Sports' composite rankings.
His choice ultimately came down to Clemson and Florida, reports SaturdayDownSouth.com writer Brian McLaughlin. Fruhmorgen eliminated Michigan and Alabama from consideration during the late stages of a widespread decision-making process.
He holds family ties to the Crimson Tide,, but that wasn't enough to draw him to Tuscaloosa. His father, John Fruhmorgen, played at Alabama before a stint in the NFL.
Nick Saban was one of several high-profile coaches who invested significant time into recruiting the dominant blocker. His expansive offer sheet features Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Miami, Ohio State and LSU.
He helped lead Plant to the state semifinals as a junior. Fruhmorgen fueled an offensive attack that produced an average of 400 total yards per game, according to MaxPreps.
Fruhmorgen, a 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection, hails from a high school that has produced several college standouts in recent years. Wide receiver Mike Williams (USC), tight end Orson Charles (Georgia) and quarterback Aaron Murray (Georgia) are among notable alumni.
Clemson was considered the front-runner for his commitment prior to the announcement. The Tigers held 90 percent of predictions in 247Sports' Crystal Ball, comprised of 40 expert projections.
He provides a much-needed presence in Clemson's 2015 recruiting class, which now features nine players. The Tigers have an immediate need for depth at offensive tackle, and head coach Dabo Swinney has quickly ensured that help is on the way.
Fruhmorgen joins 5-star Georgia tackle Mitch Hyatt in the class. The duo gives Clemson elite options and possible immediate solutions along the offensive front.
Meanwhile, Florida whiffs on a key in-state target. Will Muschamp and his staff will turn their attention to other offensive tackle prospects, including fellow Floridian Martez Ivey and Maryland product Isaiah Prince.