Clemson signee Tanner Tessmann signed a three-year contract with FC Dallas on Thursday, opting to begin his professional soccer career over playing with the Tigers.

Tessmann signed with Clemson soccer in December and would have also kicked on the football team. Though Tessmann had never played football, coach Dabo Swinney is close friends with Tessmann's father and watched his soccer career take off from a young age.

During Tessmann's signing day news conference in December, Swinney said he was the only person on the planet who knew Tessmann's football potential because "he could bomb it 45 to 50 yards in the eighth grade."