When Greenville (South Carolina) four-star wide receiver Tyler Brown decommitted from the Minnesota Golden Gophers last month, he expected to have options.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound bluechip receiver had been in contact with Clemson and several other programs, but nothing was guaranteed.
Then finally on November 12, Brown learned he had secured his long-awaited offer from the Tigers.
Two days later, he silently committed, making it official around friends and family on Thanksgiving.
"Honestly, it felt like a dream-come-true," he said. "It took everything in me not to commit on the spot. I ended up doing that two days later."
So, why wait?
"I don't get to be around my whole family that often," Brown said. "Being around all my folks, all my cousins, all my aunties, I just want them to be around when I made this decision."
Louisville, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Virginia Tech all pursued the dynamic playmaker in the weeks following his Minnesota decommitment, but the Clemson scholarship was simply too hard to pass up.
"Growing up, all I've known was purple and orange," Brown said. "Having a school with that type of stability and winning culture 40 minutes from the house, it's honestly a blessing."
His decision is the latest chapter in a big-time senior season for the South Carolina product, who has racked up more than 800 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games.
Brown's most recent decision will keep him home for college.
As for Clemson, the Tigers' 2023 recruiting class is ranked No. 9 nationally and is led by Briarwood Christian (Alabama) five-star quarterback Christopher Vizzina.