DL Kevin Dodd Profile
The former Riverside High School [Greer] defensive lineman was placed at
the Chatham, Va. school to improve his academic standing.
"It's a tough program. I just went with the program, gave it a shot. I
didn't try to fight the system or anything," he told CUTigers in a
recent interview. "I got some structure. I picked up a couple of study
habits throughout the program.
"I had to study two hours a night. I actually know how to study, not sit
there and just wander off."
Hargrave's military structure was also a positive experience for the
three-star post-grad prospect.
"I knew what I had to do, what had to be done. I just went with the flow.
I got there and adjusted to it, adapted to it," Dodd said.
He took six classes, but needed to make the grade in four.
"I had to have all A's in those classes and go up in my test scores," Dodd
There is still work left to do.
"I have to go back [to Hargrave] for two weeks," he said. "I have to go
back on the 2nd to the 13th. I should be moving in [to Clemson] after
that, if I go up there with the work ethic and come out with these A's. I
should be fine and moving in on the 16th."
On the field, Dodd feels like he improved, though his workload there
wasn't as strenuous as it was in the classroom.
"They helped me work on my speed. But the football, actually I really
didn't play a lot in games," he said. "The games I did play, it was really
trying to get the unsigned people some looks. I was just there trying to
focus on academics."
Defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks kept Dodd in the loop on what
was going back in Clemson.
"I got a note from him pretty much everyday out of the week. He would call
me. I stayed in contact with coach Brooks a lot," Dodd said.
When he arrives to Clemson, he'll get a chance at both defensive tackle
and defensive end.
"Coach Brooks said they're going to give me a shot at both. I carry my
weight well and I have speed. I can play end. I learned how to play tackle
in my senior year and post-grad. I learned how to play a little tackle,"
Dodd said. "I'm willing to play both. Just go in and get a spot on the
Dodd could be a dual-threat
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