ON LOCATION: Cordrea Tankersley

AIKEN - The man simply known as ‘Tootie' has made quite the name for himself for his accomplishments as a four-sport star at Silver Bluff High School.

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Cordrea Tankersley has letters in football, basketball, baseball and track during his three-year career.

Last week, Tankersley won the Region V-AA 100-meter, 200 and 4x100. He'll run in the lower state finals at Bishop England this Saturday for the right to move onto the state championship.

Tankersley was batting .362 with a home run, 13 RBI and 25 stolen bases before Monday night. And with CUTigers.com present, Tankersley went 1-for-3 with four stolen bases, three runs and two walks in Silver Bluff's 14-7 win over Andrews as the Bulldogs advanced to the District V finals at Waccamaw.

Though Tankersley's earned his reputation around Aiken for his accomplishments in the four sports, football is his calling card. And that fact alone has already brought a few college coaches by Silver Bluff during the current evaluation period.

"It's been quite interesting, quite fun. I got another offer the other day, from Miami. Since schools are coming in, more offers are starting to pop up," he said.

Clemson defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison visited last Tuesday. Miami was by Thursday, and then offered on Friday. The offer from the Hurricanes, Tankersley's third, joined the in-state schools.

‘Tootie' doesn't claim any favorites, though some believe Clemson has the slight edge. His older brother, Codarius, who's responsible for the nickname, could be playing baseball at Southern Wesleyan after he graduates from Silver Bluff later this spring.

"The day I was born, as a matter of fact, they had a lower state championship game against Swansea that day. When I came out, my older brother, Codarius, that's the first thing he called me," Cordrea said. "Everybody still calls me that to this day. Everybody asks me why. They say, ‘That's so sweet.' But it's not."

"It's been quite interesting, quite fun. I got another offer the other day, from Miami. Since schools are coming in, more offers are starting to pop up," he said.(Hale McGranahan)
One thing that is sweet is Tankersley's game on the football field.

As a junior, he rushed for 1,580 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also threw for 900 yards and three touchdowns.

During his sophomore season, Tankersley rushed for 680 yards and 15 touchdowns, plus 12 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 36 tackles and an interception.

Along with the visits from Clemson and Miami, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Auburn, North Carolina and N.C. State are also expected to make the rounds.

The Gamecocks and Hurricanes like Tankersley at wide receiver. All others list him as an athlete.

Cheese, as Harbison's known, regularly sends motivational quotes and bible verses to Tankersley.

"I hang a couple of my wall. We stay in contact all the time," Tankersley said.

In fact, he's closer to Harbison than any other recruiter.

"I like coach Cheese. He's been real close to me," Tankersley said. "Coach Brad Lawing, I'm close with him. But so far it's been coach Cheese."

Before Harbison took over as Tankersley's primary recruiter to Clemson, defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks covered the area. Before Brooks, it was former offensive coordinator Billy Napier, who's now at Alabama.

"All of the coaches keep in contact with me," Tankersley said of the Clemson staff. "All of them are really recruiting me."

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