Elite defensive end Justin Mascoll commits to Clemson

Justin Mascoll, ranked No. 18 in the Class of 2018 by, has announced his commitment to national champion Clemson on Twitter.

Mascoll, a weakside defensive end from South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) is another key commitment for Clemson from Georgia. The No. 1 overall player, quarterback Trevor Lawrence from Lawrenceville, is also a Clemson commit.

Mascoll, who is 6-3 and 235 pounds, chose Clemson over Alabama, Florida State and Georgia. He took an unofficial visit to campus less than two weeks ago.

Defensive end is a priority in this class for Clemson and the Tigers continue to pursue five-stars KJ Henry and Xavier Thomas. Clemson also has a new defensive line coach in Todd Bates, who spent the last three years at Jacksonville State.

He is the sixth commit in the Class of 2018 for the Tigers; five of those players are among the top 100 players. That is significant, especially in the Class of 2018, because Clemson is expected to have only 12-14 scholarships available.