Q&A with Taylor Tremel

Clemson assistant coach Dabo Sweeney picked up another key verbal commitment on the offensive line this weekend. Taylor Tremel, an offensive tackle out of Lake Mary, Florida, commited to the Tigers late Sunday evening. CUTigers.com caught up with Taylor early Monday afternoon to get the latest on his big decision!

OL Taylor Tremel
6-4, 265, 5.0
Lake Mary High School
Lake Mary, Florida

To say that new wide receivers coach Dabo Sweeney is tearing it up on the recruiting scene, might be a bit of an understatement. Coach Sweeney secured his second verbal commitment out of the state of Florida on Sunday when Lake Mary High School's Taylor Tremel pledged his verbal commitment to the Tigers.

CUTigers.com caught up with Taylor in between his offseason workouts with his team early Monday afternoon to hear about his decision to come to Clemson.

What are you latest vital stats?
Tremel: I'm 6-foot, 4-inches, 265-pounds, and the fastest I've run the 40 is 5 seconds flat. Up at the Clemson camp, I ran a 5.4 on a wet track, then ran a 5.2 on my second try. I'm still gaining weight- its good weight. We are running a lot our conditioning drills in practice today actually. We've got about 4 hours of practice today.

Which position will you be playing on the offensive line?
Tremel: I play on both sides of the ball, but I'm mainly an offensive tackle and that's what I'll be playing at Clemson I would think.

What are some your strengths as an O-lineman?
Tremel: Pass blocking I'd say. I haven't given up a sack in a one-on-one situation in my entire high school career. I started my freshman year on the freshman team, and then I've started the last two years on varsity.

What are some of your weaknesses?
Tremel: I need to work on my angles a little more I guess. I mean, I haven't really come across anybody I haven't been able to block. Hitting the linebackers on the backside of the play, that sort of thing is one area I think.

How did your team do last year?
Tremel: We finished up 10-2 and had a couple of close, last-second losses. We played in Class 5A, but we are moving up to Class 6A this year.

Any thoughts about playing in the fast paced kind of offense that Clemson runs?
Tremel: Actually, we are switching to that offense this year, even though we ran a little no huddle last year out of the Wing-T. We watched some tape of Clemson this spring when were putting everything in. This will be our third offense in three years, but I like it. We put up 20 points in the first half in our spring game this year.

What made you go decide to go ahead and commit so early?
Tremel: It was really the pursuit of Coach Sweeney. He is really a great guy. He really made me feel like he was trying to develop a relationship with me and I felt like Clemson wanted me more than any other school. That just got me really interested in Clemson. Once I went up there and saw the program and once I did that I knew that's where I wanted to go.

Any chance to take any official visits to other schools before signing day?
Tremel: No, I don't think so. I'm committed to Clemson and I know that's where I want to go.

What other scholarship offers did you have?
Tremel: South Florida was the only other offer I had besides Clemson, but I was hearing from Georgia Tech, Southern Mississippi, and Alabama. I had calls from a lot of schools, but they were really vague, but Clemson really pursued me and they weren't iffy about anything. I know that Clemson is the best school that offered me a scholarship.

Are you coming up for any of the games this fall?
Tremel: I'm coming up July 19th I believe with my dad, and we plan on coming up for a game later this year. It will probably be one of the days where I have a Friday game and then we can just get in the car and leave right after that to head up there.

We'd like to conclude by thanking the newest Tiger for speaking with us.

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