When C.J. Fuller called Clemson's Dabo Swinney on Monday and told him he was committing to the Tigers, the coach replied, "About time."
Fuller, a three-star running back/cornerback from Easley (S.C.), is commit No. 6 for Clemson.
The 5-feet-10. 200-pound Fuller is rated as the No. 62 cornerback in the 247Composite. But he said the Tigers have told him he can play running back, and he is the second back to have a pledge with Swinney for the 2014 class.
The other is Jae'lon Oglesby Central (S.C.).
"I called Coach Swinney after practice today," Fuller said. "He was happy. I've known him for a couple years and I've talked to him face to face some. I could tell he was happy. He was telling me that a commitment is like a marriage, that I should be done with my recruitment and done talking to coaches."
Then, Fuller added, "I'm done. Yes sir."
Fuller rushed for more than 2,000 yards in 2012.
He lives about 30 minutes from the Clemson campus, he said.
According to Fuller, N.C. State was his No. 2 choice. The Wolfpack apparently made a strong push in recent months, and he enjoyed a trip to Raleigh for junior day.
"They recruited me pretty hard," Fuller said. "At first, it was pretty hard [to pick a school]. But at the end of the day, Clemson just beat everybody out."
Why commit Monday?
"I don't know ... most people expected it to be after the spring game or something like that," Fuller said. "But I wanted to be different. I knew a couple weeks ago. I kind of figured then I wanted to go to Clemson."
Fuller's family supported his decision.
"I told my parents about a week or two ago," he said. "They were like, 'Are you sure?' I told them I was. They said they'd support me, and that they were happy because they also like Clemson as well."
Now that he has committed to Clemson, Fuller hopes to get to know running backs coach Tony Elliott a little better.
"We talk here and there, and I message him on Facebook," Fuller said. "Now, I'm going to try to build a better relationship with him. Talk to him at least once a week."
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