Clemson Football just received a verbal commitment from one of the most important targets of the 2024 recruiting cycle.
David Eziomume, a running back from Kennesaw, Georgia, has committed to the Tigers.
Eziomume is a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite who plays for North Cobb High School. He is 6’-1” and 200 pounds. He is ranked 324th in the nation overall and is the 29th-ranked quarterback in the 2024 class.
It wasn’t necessarily Eziomume’s status in the Composite or any other industry ranking that made him an important target for the Tigers. It is more about Clemson’s strategy with recruiting running backs.
Over the last few seasons, Clemson has been very selective with how many running backs are offered a scholarship. The Tigers tend to focus on one or two backs at a time. Unfortunately, Clemson has missed on the recruits they target early in the recruiting cycle the past two years.
As a result, the Tigers have not brought in a 4-star talent at running back in the past two cycles. Will Shipley and Phil Mafah are both eligible to move on to the NFL after this season if they so choose, so landing a well-regarded running back was critical for the 2024 class.
Eziomume is the third commitment since the Elite Junior Day in January, joining defensive tackle Champ Thompson and safety Noah Dixon. He is the sixth member of Clemson’s 2024 class.
Four 247 Crystal Balls had been logged projecting Eziomume to Clemson, including one from Steve Wiltfong, 247’s Director of Football recruiting, and Anna Adams, who covers Clemson for 247. Rival’s Tiger Illustrated had also projected Eziomume to select Clemson.
When you watch Eziomume’s Hudl highlights, it will not take you long to see his best quality: he’s fast. Granted that he is not playing competition that features college-type speed, but he does what he should – he accelerates around the corner and pulls away. He hits the hole opened by his offensive line and pulls away.
Clemson Football recruit David Eziomume shows versatility in his highlight videos
When defenders do get their hands on Eziomume, he shows the ability to shed tackles and continue to gain yards after first contact. He also can catch the ball out of the backfield as well as from the slot or a tight end position.
While this might sound like a grand statement about a young man who will be a high school senior this coming season, Eziomume’s style as a running back is reminiscent of former Tiger star Travis Etienne.
Eziomume had been offered by several top-tier programs, including Florida State, USC, Auburn and Penn State, amongst others. Proximity to his home appears to have been an important factor for Eziomume, but it also appears Clemson’s recruiting strategy with running backs also spoke to him as well.