DT Grady Jarrett Profile
The 6-foot, 280-pound nose guard from Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga. is scheduled for a move to Clemson on Sunday.
"I think I've got a real good shot [at playing early]," he said, "Just as much of an opportunity as everyone else. I've just got to go in there and do my best, see how things play out. I'm definitely going to try to compete."
Jarrett will be working for playing time behind senior Brandon Thompson. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Shatley is the only other nose guard on the roster with playing experience.
Jarrett, DeShawn Williams and Jerome Maybank, all members of the 2011 signing class, could be on the outside looking in on the two-deep rotation. But they'll get their chance when practice starts on Aug. 5.
"I'm expecting for it to be difficult or challenging but I'm not exactly sure of the procedure of what we're going to be doing," Jarrett said. "I'm just going to try to go in and learn and adapt."
Defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks and Thompson will be the two main sources Jarrett will lean on this fall.
"Coach Brooks is a real good coach. That's one of the reasons I went to Clemson, for coach Brooks," Jarrett said. "I know all the guys he put in the NFL. Everybody loves him."
Thompson, Brooks' next NFL draftee, is among the top defensive tackles for the 2012 draft.
"He's high on NFL Draft boards for a reason," Jarrett said. "I'm going to try to learn from him, to mentor me and teach me the defense and how he plays. I'm just going to try to take something from that to make it better for me. I'm just going to take advantage of that and talk to him."
Jarrett's spent most of his summer lifting weights and running. There's been one area in particular that he's really focused on during his workouts.
"If it's been one thing, it's probably the running. I've been trying to get ready for the training," he said.
And Jarrett is confident year No. 1 in Clemson will be a good one.
"I'm looking forward to a successful season with the team. I think we're going to be really good this year. I just hope I can be part of it and contribute," he said.
Jarrett hopes to add depth
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