Diondre Overton (6'5, 195) from Greensboro, NC committed to Clemson during the second quarter of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. This was a battle between N.C. State and Clemson with Clemson one again showing it can go into North Carolina and take the players they want away from in-state programs. In recent days a lot of people have been erroneously touting N.C. State as a legitimate contender, if not the leader, for Overton. That is simply not true.
Overton's mom wanted him to make a big decision on television, so Diondre waited until the all-star game. Overton made numerous unofficial visits to Clemson and attended a bunch of games. This has been a done deal for at least a month, if not more. State also just fired their offensive coordinator. It just wasn't going to happen.
As I've said for awhile, this was a matter of when--not if the commitment would happen. Overton has always wanted to join the Clemson wide receiver group and it is becoming an honor to be recruited. There are a lot of WR prospects that Clemson turns away every year. Overton is still developing as a wide receiver but is an important part of Clemson's future at the position. Overton saw all the NFL talent we have produced and felt like he could be the next in that line.
What We Get
Diondre has always considered himself a basketball player first and it was only in his senior year that he has really turned his attention fully to football. With the basketball background Overton still needs to fill out his frame and add needed weight for the next level, but you can't teach a legit 6'5. He can go up and high point the ball in a way that Clemson currently lacks with the suspension of Deon Cain. Mike Williams gives Clemson a tall outside receiver for next year, but after that Overton gives you the mismatch in height you want on the outside.
It should be noted that Overton could play the 9 or 5 position. Ideally you like him on the outside at the 9 but he isn't a burner and at Page High School he was a very good possession type of receiver so he could fill that role as well. Overton was a great DB in high school, grabbing an interception in almost every single game he played his senior year. He could possibly play free safety at the college level, but I really bring this up to show he has serious ball skills and a competitive drive.
With the commitment it puts us in the top 10 on most recruiting lists. I love the mini helmet his step father had with his commitment.