LSU is going to have to look somewhere other than 4-star running back Travis Etienne if it hopes to add a running back to the class of 2017.
Etienne announced his commitment to Clemson over LSU, his other finalist, Thursday evening while taking a parting shot, calling Clemson “the real Death Valley.”
As expected, 4⭐️RB Travis Etienne commits to Clemson
He called it "the real Death Valley" #LSU
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) January 26, 2017
Etienne, the No. 16 running back in the country, was the second-highest rated uncommitted running back behind only 10th-ranked Cordarrian Richardson.
The commitment is a stark contrast to the earlier leg of Etienne’s recruiting process. He committed to Texas A&M in June but de-committed just a month and a half later. On Nov. 30, his final three were Tennessee, Texas A&M and Oregon.
LSU and Clemson were late arrivals on Etienne. His LSU offer didn’t come until Dec. 27 and Clemson didn’t offer until Jan. 12, according to 247Sports.
Etienne took his official visit to Clemson on Jan. 20 and was scheduled to begin his official visit to LSU Friday.