The commitment: OLB Dorian O'Daniel, Our Lady Good Counsel HS [Olney, Md.]
Date committed: April 14, 2012
Ranked: Four-star, No. 11 OLB
Other options: South Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio State
Position status: Despite losing one of the most consistent starting linebackers on the Clemson roster, the outside linebacker position has plenty of talent ready to fill the void left behind by Jonathan Willard. Among the candidates to step into the role is Tony Steward, who's played sparingly in his first two seasons on campus. Stephone Anthony, a former starter in the middle could also play on the weak-side. Kellen Jones and T.J. Burrell are other potential contributors on the outside. Quandon Christian, a two-year starter on the strong-side, is back for his senior season.
The evaluation: "As a running back, O'Daniel is physical while running between the tackles, but did not show the speed to get to the corner and run outside. As a linebacker, he reads the play well and has good lateral movement. He also accelerates well and delivers big hits." - Brian Dohn, Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Estimated impact: 2014. O'Daniel will need a full year in a college weight program to add enough size before he's ready to make plays at linebacker. At 6-2, 205, O'Daniel has the frame to add weight that won't compromise his speed and quickness -- two attributes that make him such a highly sought after prospect. Once Christian graduates, O'Daniel could step into his starting spot on the strong-side.
Commitment capsule: O'Daniel
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