No. 23: Bashaud Breeland

CUTigers.com is counting down the top 25 players on Clemson's roster entering the 2011 season. A new name emerges at No. 23 as this talented cornerback gets his first opportunity for playing time.

23. CB Bashaud Breeland, RS Fr.
Breeland was rated as a four-star safety out of Allendale-Fairfax High School in 2010. Scout.com listed him as the No. 22 safety in the country and the No. 6 overall player in South Carolina. He spent his freshman season at Clemson as a redshirt.

THE RESUME: Word of Breeland's practice field prominence was first passed our way by former Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel. But it wasn't just what Breeland brought to the table with his on-field skills. McDaniel raved about Breeland's grasp of the system operated by defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

During his high school career, Breeland played quarterback and defensive back. As a senior, he rushed for 1,270 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a junior, he had 95 carries for 789 yards and 12 touchdowns and 76 tackles on defense.

Breeland was also a state champion in track in the 400-meter hurdles as a sophomore and a junior.

MOVING FORWARD: Clemson coaches liken Breeland to former Clemson defensive back Marcus Gilchrist for both his skill and heady approach to the game. During his career, Gilchrist played cornerback, safety and Star.

Breeland enters spring practice as the third cornerback on the depth chart. When Clemson moves into its nickel package, starter Xavier Brewer shifts into the slot to the Star position and Breeland is on the outside at cornerback. Breeland could slide into the base packages‘ starting lineup before the end of the season.

Breeland has the potential to be a lockdown cover corner and should have the opportunity to be a three-year starter by the time his career winds down.

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