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Every football program in the country likes to say they’re a family, and Clemson is no different.

But at Clemson, the word family is not just a metaphor. They mean it literally, too.

On Sunday, the Tigers’ 2020 recruiting class added the pledge of 3-star safety Tyler Venables. Yes, that’s the son of defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

Venables committed to Clemson over Wake Forest, Coastal Carolina and others. He’s a productive quarterback for D.W. Daniel High School but, at 5-foot-10 and 191 pounds, he projects to play safety at Clemson.

Once he arrives at Clemson, Tyler Venables will join a roster that includes Will and Drew Swinney, Jake and Tye Herbstreit and his own older brother, Jake Venables.

The Venables boys have a point in their favor over the Swinneys and the Herbstreits — both of them are on scholarship, while Dabo and Kirk’s sons walked on.

A 3-star recruit in the 2018 class, Jake Venables recorded two tackles in two games as a true freshman; he’ll be a redshirt freshman this fall. Will Swinney has worked his way into a role as a wide receiver and a holder. He caught seven passes for 30 yards and a touchdown last season and, at 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds, he’ll audition for Hunter Renfrow’s role now that Renfrow’s seemingly 15-year career as Clemson’s unguardable water bug is finally over.

Drew Swinney played in 17 snaps as a true freshman in 2018, and the Herbstreits will be true freshman this coming fall.

As a recruit, Tyler Venables is No. 17 of Clemson’s 17-man 2019 recruiting class, but that’s really more of a statement on Clemson’s ridiculously loaded recruiting class than Venables himself.

It’s no secret that family is a primary reason Papa Venables hasn’t pursued a head coaching job, and that seems even more true now that he’ll have a chance to coach both of his sons for the next four years.

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