Hoke County High School (Raeford, NC)
NR: 23 Rating: ***
THE STATS: Gaddis threw for 965 yards and 8 touchdowns while rushing for 1134 yards and another 8 scores this past season for Hoke County. As a junior, he added over 1,750 yards of total offense, with over 1,000 yards rushing.
STRENGTH: His strength lies in several areas, however his speed is what sets him apart from most of the other athletes in the state of North Carolina. He's been timed right under the 4.4 mark in the 40-yard dash, and his elusiveness reminds some scouts of former Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler. Simply put, Gaddis has the ability to make plays when other quarterbacks would fail to escape a heavy pass rush. He makes good decisions and uses his legs to buy time in the pocket.
WEAKNESS: If C.J. wants to remain at quarterback at Clemson, he'll have to continue to work on his passing game. While the overall talent level surrounding him at Hoke County wasn't what some of the other top teams in the state had, Gaddis made the best of his situation by lifting his team to wins over some of the best teams in his conference. Under the direction of quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain, Gaddis will have the opportunity to develop his passing game and ultimately win the starting job during his junior season at Clemson University.
WHY CLEMSON? "I chose Clemson basically because of relationship with Coach O'Cain and Coach Bowden. They told me last summer that they wanted me as a quarterback and that I would be the only quarterback they signed this year. That was enough for me to go ahead and commit when I did. Every time I've been at Clemson, it just feels like home, and that includes the players, the coaches, and the campus. I can't wait to run down the hill and I know that we are going to be competing for a national championship before I leave. Clemson wanted me as a quarterback and that's the position I plan on playing when I get there this fall."
HS COACH QUOTE: "He's one of the better ones I've ever coached, there's no doubt about it," said Hoke County coach Greg Bryant. "The way we ran the option, teams had to prepare to stop him. He was a team leader and all of the kids on our team really rallied around him. 'He really carried the load for us on the offensive side of the ball the last two seasons."
TOMMY BOWDEN: "He's the top quarterback in North Carolina and he committed to us real early last summer, so we were happy to get him. He'll have the chance to develop his skills his first couple of years here."
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