T.J. Parker (2024)

Enters 2024 credited with 41 tackles (12.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in 457 snaps over 13 games (three starts) … his 12.5 tackles for loss in 2023 broke Clemson’s true freshman record (12.0 by Myles Murphy in 2020) and tied for the national lead among freshmen …arrived at Clemson as 247Sports’ No. 44 overall prospect in the country.

2023: Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year semifinalist … Freshman All-America selection by 247Sports, ESPN, the FWAA, The Athletic, College Football News and College Football Network … PFF All-Freshman Team selection … Midseason Freshman All-American per The Athletic and 247Sports … credited with 41 tackles (12.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in 457 snaps over 13 games (three starts) … his 12.5 tackles for loss were a school record for a true freshman, breaking the previous mark of 12.0 by Myles Murphy in his debut campaign in 2020 … tied with Miami’s Rueben Bain Jr. for the national lead in tackles for loss by freshmen … credited by the coaching staff with 10 quarterback pressures, tied for third-most on the team … one of six Clemson true freshmen to appear in all 13 games (Jamal Anderson, Khalil Barnes, Tyler Brown, Shelton Lewis and Avieon Terrell) … had a disruptive collegiate debut with two tackles and two quarterback pressures at Duke … earned defensive player of the game honors after posting a team-high five tackles (3.0 for loss) vs. Charleston Southern and becoming the first Clemson true freshman with 3.0 tackles for loss in a game since Myles Murphy in 2020 … added three tackles (1.5 for loss) with his first career sack vs. Florida Atlantic … recorded three tackles (one for loss) vs. No. 4 Florida State … posted five tackles (two for loss) and 2.0 sacks at Syracuse, earning ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week and becoming the first Clemson true freshman with at least 2.0 sacks in a game since Myles Murphy’s 2.0 sacks in the 2020 season opener at Wake Forest … added five tackles (one for loss) with a sack vs. Wake Forest … credited with two tackles and a pass breakup at Miami (Fla.) … posted two tackles and a pass breakup at NC State … contributed four tackles vs. No. 12 Notre Dame … made one tackle vs. Georgia Tech … collected two tackles (one for loss), a sack and his first career fumble recovery vs. No. 20 North Carolina … added four tackles (1.5 for loss) at South Carolina … split a sack among his three tackles (1.5 for loss) in the Gator Bowl vs. Kentucky, breaking Clemson’s record for tackles for loss in a true freshman season in the process … also recovered a fumble against the Wildcats, the first of Clemson’s four fourth-quarter takeaways in the comeback win.

Before Clemson: Ranked as a national top-50 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class … helped Central to a 10-3 mark in 2022 and 13-1 record in 2021 … posted 63 tackles as a senior, including 16.5 tackles for loss with 12 sacks … also had an 86-yard reception for a touchdown … posted 13 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, against Opelika … had at least one tackle for loss in all but one game … had 13 tackles with two sacks in his final game against Auburn High … had 75 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks as a junior … recorded at least one tackle for loss in 11 of the 14 games … returned two fumbles for scores … helped team rank third in Alabama according to MaxPreps … had nine tackles, three for loss, against Eufaula … posted five sacks in season opener against Hewitt-Trussville … selected to the Alabama vs. Mississippi All-Star game … also selected to the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 44 overall player … ranked No. 110 overall and as a four-star prospect by PrepStar … rated No. 133 overall in the nation by ESPN.com … ranked No. 148 in the nation by On3 … Rivals rated him as the nation’s No. 175 overall player.

Personal: Committed to Clemson on Nov. 21, 2022 … originally committed to Penn State … born Sept. 19, 2004 … joined Justyn Ross (2018), Ray Thornton III (2019) and E.J. Williams (2020) one of four Clemson signees from Central High School in Phenix City in a six-class span from 2018-23 … reunited with high school teammate Caleb Nix, a safety who walked on at Clemson in 2022 … enrolled at Clemson in January 2023 … sports communication major … completed an internship with the Beverly Hills (Calif.) Chamber of Commerce in spring 2024 … full first name Tomarrion is pronounced “tuh-MARR-ee-ahn.”

Note: Tackle stats in the written bio above reflect statistics from coaches film review. Tackle stats in the automated Stats tab of this page reflect those as awarded by gameday stat crews.

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