DT D.J. Reader Profile
A three-star prospect and the No. 20 offensive guard in the class of 2012, Reader was sidelined for the end of basketball season through the beginning of baseball.
"It was pretty tough, just knowing my team could win if I was out there producing runs," he said in an interview with CUTigers on Wednesday. "It's not the worst thing in the world so it wasn't too bad. It was just hard to watch."
Earlier in the day, Reader picked up a bit of good news.
"It's fully recovered now, so I'm back to 100 percent," he said.
The Grimsley High School [Greensboro, N.C.] senior, who plans to play both football and baseball at Clemson, has been playing and practicing with the Grimsley baseball team for two weeks.
In four games, he's 4-for-10 with two homeruns and seven RBI. Now that he's been given a full clearance by the doctor, Reader is now available to close for the Whirlies.
Once baseball's over, Reader will turn his focus to preparing for freshman year on the Clemson football team. Early playing time could be in the forecast.
"They're telling me I have a good chance to come in and compete [at defensive tackle]. That's really the only thing I'm hearing right now from the coaches," he said. "They're talking about me and Carlos [Watkins] getting a chance to come in and compete. That would be good."
Reader has one goal in mind as he heads toward the fall.
"I just want to go in and try to compete as best as I can," he said.
As a senior on the gridiron, Reader had 70 tackles and 12 sacks. He also rushed for over 450 yards with six touchdowns.
He hit .529 with four home runs and 20 RBI during his junior season on the diamond. As a pitcher, he went 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA.
Reader's back in action
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