Some kids are lucky enough to have their Dad coach them in little league when they are learning the fundamentals of their game. For Jake Venables, he’ll get to continue to live that experience in a power-five conference for a team that is in the CFP this season. Today, Venables announced his intent to sign with Clemson as a part of the 2018 class where his father is the defensive coordinator.
— Jake Venables (@_jakevenables) December 18, 2016
Now, before the nepotism alarms start blaring at full volume, Venables has done more than enough on the field to justify being tendered an offer from a program of this caliber; daddy’s help or not. Ranked the No. 19 linebacker in the country and the No. 7 prospect in the state of North Carolina, Venables runs a 4.6-40 at 220 pounds and holds a 3.9 GPA.
Venables chose to announce his intent today as a present to his father who is celebrating his birthday. Despite fielding offers from a number of other schools with more than a year remaining in high school, there was little doubt where Venables ultimately wanted to go. What a wonderful day for the Venables family. Lets hope Ohio State doesn’t rip their guts wide open and put up 700+ yards on them and get daddy Venables fired. That’ll totally kill the mood.