Clemson's sleeper in the 2011 class?

B.J. Goodson, one of five signees from Clemson's star-studded class of 2011 linebackers, feels that he has something to prove at the next level.

OLB B.J. Goodson Profile

Classmates Stephone Anthony, Tony Steward and Lateek Townsend were all ranked higher than Goodson in the final rankings.

That's not to say there's a grudge against any of the three future teammates. Goodson only wants to show that he deserved better than a two-star billing as the nation's No. 71 middle linebacker.

"Once I found out about all that--I know we're all teammates now--but I kind of studied them a little bit. I've been looking at some of their film. They're fast," Goodson told "I'm just going to continue to work on my weakness and improve in areas that I know they're strong in. I'm just enjoying [the training].

"I'm just ready to show the world that there's a lot in the little town of Lamar."

That process is already underway.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound outside linebacker graduated from Lamar High School last Thursday.

On Sunday, he also celebrated his 18th birthday.

Goodson, who will wear No. 84 at Clemson, is scheduled for a July 3 move to Tigertown on. Before then, he'll spend most of his time training for preseason camp.

"I want to improve my speed and quickness… I've been working on a lot of my weaknesses," he said. "I feel like there's always room for improvement."

Since that's the name of the game in college football, it's possible that Goodson could receive early playing time as a freshman.

"The opportunity is laid out right there in front of me. I've just got to get it. I have to work hard," he said. "I've got a workout after this interview. It's a working process. I'm enjoying it. It's just what I love to do. I've got great people in my corner, to motivate me." Top Stories