When Dorian O'Daniel committed to Clemson in mid-April, he was the first four-star of the class. Now, the Tigers have six four-stars, a five-star (Robert Nkemdiche) and sit No. 12 in the FOXSportsNEXT rankings for the 2013 class.
And O'Daniel, a four-star linebacker out of Our Lady of Good Counsel, tried to add to the class when he brought teammate and five-star cornerback Kendall Fuller to campus in late July.
"I went to their cookout," O'Daniel said. "I was trying to get Kendall to commit with me, but it didn't work out in my favor. But I'm not mad at him (for committing to Virginia Tech.)
"It's definitely great. Since I committed, we've had a lot (more) commitments. I'm excited to be in that recruiting class, and hopefully will have a few more in the future. I talk to a couple of them and when I was down there I met a lot of them, like Demarcus Robinson and Ryan Jenkins."
O'Daniel's focus now is getting ready for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 24 at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.
And despite rushing for 897 yards and 17 touchdowns on 127 carries, and registering 38 ½ tackles, including five sacks, as a junior, O'Daniel spent plenty of time in the offseason honing the mental aspect of his game.
"I worked on just being physical, and on my understanding of the game, and my IQ offensively and defensively," he said. "I worked on reading the guards, reading the linebackers, reading everything that comes along with it.
"It comes from going to the showcase (combines) and learning from people who have played in the past, and from some pros and some college players."
O'Daniel was impressive in a Saturday scrimmage against Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.), where he broke a few big runs and also excelled at linebacker.
In fact, Good Counsel scored at will against the Honeybadgers and also locked them down defensively to keep them out of the end zone.
"I was really impressed but there's always room for improvement on the offensive line, and defensively we're doing pretty well," O'Daniel said. "But like I said, there's always room for improvement. I think we are good to go now, but we'll use our next couple of weeks to get ready for the season and do some tweaks here and there."
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