Commitment Watch: Trevor Etienne Projection

Jason Priester

Staff member
Trevor Etienne is set to announce a commitment on Saturday at the All-American Bowl. His finalists include Clemson, Florida and LSU.

I have not liked Clemson's chances of landing the younger brother of Travis Etienne for quite some time. It's been a recruitment that has been played very close to the vest. Very little information has come out, but what little intel there has been, has just suggested that Florida has had all the momentum for a while now.

Etienne took an official visit to Clemson back in December, and the coaches just weren't able to quell that momentum. Not necessarily due to anything they could have done differently, though. Billy Napier is going to Florida from Louisiana, where he has strong roots, which of course is where Etienne is from. Not only that, playing in Gainesville puts him much closer to his older brother who is now playing in the NFL in Jacksonville. Having the brothers so close makes it much easier for the family to see both play on the same weekend.

The biggest obstacle, however, could be that Etienne just wants to play somewhere different than the school where his older brother had so much success. It's an awfully large shadow to play in and Etienne might just want to blaze his own path. While he will likely always be compared to Travis, no matter where he goes to school, let's be honest, that shadow would be much larger in Clemson.

While the Tigers have appeared to be all in on Etienne for quite some time, running backs coach C.J. Spiller has also been recruiting Andrew Paul out of Dallas Parish. Paul is set to visit on Janauary 21 and if Clemson does in fact miss on Etienne, the Texas back will be the next guy on the board. Paul now has 20 offers from schools including Colorado, Auburn, Michigan State and Missouri. Michigan also just offered the 5-foot-11, 220-pound back last week.

Projection (9-9): Florida