Clemson commit reveals Brent Venables status: ‘He basically gave us his word’

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There’s been plenty of speculation about whether heavily sought after Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables will remain at the university.

However, a Clemson commit is confident he’ll be coached by Venables when he joins the program.

Dabo Swinney and the Clemson staff hit the beach on Friday in Bradenton, Florida for an in-home visit.

The IMG players they spent time with were 5-star defensive end commit Xavier Thomas, 4-star linebacker commit Mike Jones Jr., and 4-star defensive back target Bradley Radley-Hiles.

According to, Jones Jr. said that Venables told them that he intends to stay at Clemson.

“He (Venables) knows a lot of coaches who are in other programs that had jobs and how everything seems good with people saying the money is better and stuff like that,” Jones Jr. said to TigerNet on Friday. “But he says he loves what he does. He loves not having to worry about all the extra stuff with trying to be a head coach. He basically gave us his word that he is not going to leave. He loves Clemson. His kids love it. He loves the area. He knows when he goes home (back to Clemson from Florida) he is going back to the same coaching staff. He just loves not having those type of worries.”

Here’s a photo of the visit courtesy of Jones Jr.’s Twitter account:

This is certainly music to the ears of Clemson fans.

Venables is in his sixth year on Swinney’s staff. He is the second-highest paid assistant coach in the country. His team is about to compete in the College Football Playoff for the third season in a row.

Had Venables wanted to leave Clemson in recent weeks, he almost certainly could have found a head coaching job; in fact, he was a candidate for the position at Arkansas, which eventually went to Chad Morris.

In a team meeting Thursday, Morris told his Arkansas team that he is “gonna have the best defensive coordinator in the country right in here.” That naturally led to speculation that Morris might try to make a run at hiring Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, whom Morris worked alongside at Clemson from 2012 to 2014.

Later Thursday, Arkansas sportscaster Bo Mattingly asked Swinney about the possibility of Morris hiring Venables away from Clemson. Swinney’s response was succinct.

“Good luck with that,” Swinney said.

After what Venables told the Florida prospects, other ADs will need even more than luck to pry him out of Clemson.

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