TE Jay Jay McCullough Profile
The No. 50 tight end in the class of 2012 spent most of his high school
career playing running back and wide receiver.
For the South Carolina team in Saturday's Shrine Bowl, McCullough will
play tight end and fullback.
"The tight end has been the biggest adjustment," he told
CUTigers.com earlier this week. "Just blocking on the line, I'm not
used to blocking big defensive ends. I'm used to blocking linebackers and
DBs. I'm starting to get a great feel for it. I'm enjoying it."
He added, "It's a good thing to let me work at it now, to get the feel of
it, get used to it."
It was quite an adjustment for the 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior from Nation
Ford High School in Fort Mill.
"The first practice it was tough. I got chewed at a couple of times, not
doing what I was supposed to do," McCullough said. "I just listened to
them, being coachable and doing what I'm supposed to do."
When McCullough arrives to Clemson next summer, he'll play 3-back, a
hybrid tight end/fullback/running back position.
"Dwayne Allen might be going to the NFL next year, so they want to get me
in there playing as a freshman, playing early," McCullough said.
Early playing time at Clemson was part of the appeal.
"I don't know about starting, but I'll be in there playing my freshman
year," he said.
McCullough is one of several Clemson commitments playing in the 75th
annual all-star game.
"I'm having fun with them. It's the first-time I get to spend a whole week
with them," he said. "I'm only getting more comfortable with them, getting
used to them. They're good players, too."
Clemson wide receiver coach Jeff Scott, his primary recruiter for
the Tigers, remains in regular contact.
"I talk to him every week," McCullough said. "Either I call him or he
calls me. We just catch up on some things, see how I'm doing in the class
room. He just tells me how the football team is looking, tells me that
they need me to get ready and get in there next year."
McCullough caught 37 passes for 492 yards and five scores. He also rushed
for 113 yards.
As a junior, he rushed 80 times for almost 600 yards and hauled in 30
catches for close to 300 yards. McCullough also scored 15 total
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