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Tigers land 2014 OL

Taylor Hearn describes himself as being ultra-competitive.

"I don't take losing too well," Hearn told 247Sports.

That attitude is partly why major colleges have shown interest in the 2014 offensive lineman from Williston (S.C.) Williston Elko. His 6-feet-5, 305-pound frame also has something to do with that.

But according to Hearn, his recruitment already is over.

"I committed to Clemson about 30 minutes ago," he said Monday evening. "I called Coach [Dabo] Swinney. He was extremely ecstatic. He said he can't wait to get me up there and get me on the field."

Hearn, a two-year starter, visited Clemson last weekend for Junior Day.

"It went great," Hearn said. "I enjoyed every minute of it. My parents did also. I liked getting to see all the facilities, the dorms and things like that."

Why did Hearn commit Monday?

"I've been going over it a lot lately, and praying about it," he said. "I talked about it with my parents, and we just think it's the best fit for me. I like the coaching staff at Clemson. They make you feel so much at home. They're very sincere about everything they do."

So far, Swinney has impressed Hearn.

"Coach Swinney is a very nice guy," Hearn said. "He's very nice about everything he says. We haven't built a relationship yet, but we will now that I'm committed."

According to Hearn, North Carolina was the runner-up.

He is listed as an offense tackle, but also could play guard in college. Hearn said, "we haven't ever really talked about that yet."

With his commitment in the books, Hearn said his involvement with other schools effectively is over.

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