Tankersley gets the good news

There is a really good chance that Cordrea Tankersley is having a better day than you are.

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After waiting over a year, he finally got the news he was hoping to receive.

The four-star defensive back from Silver Bluff High School and Hargrave Military Academy will enroll at Clemson on May 12. Class begins on May 15.

"It's a great feeling. All this hard work I've had, it's paid off. There's a lot of stuff I had to give up, to get this situation done. I get this weight off my shoulder. I'm just ready to go on and get started," Tankersley told CUTigers on Wednesday morning.

But after waiting more than 12 months to pick up a qualifying ACT score, Tankersley was forced to sit for an extra few minutes when checking the NCAA Clearinghouse's website.

"We'd already decided that we were going to set the laptop up in the living room, wake up early and get some good news," he said. "That's exactly what we did. We woke up at 7:15 [Wednesday] morning and looked it up.

"The computer was kind of messing with us, so we had to look at it through my phone. That's where we saw it."

When Tankersley arrives to Clemson next month, he'll join Mike Reed and the rest of the defensive backs. Tankersley will work at strong safety and cornerback.

"I just now got off the phone -- like 30 seconds ago -- with coach [Dabo] Swinney. The first person I called was coach Reed. Then, I called coach [Dan] Brooks," Tankersley said.

What did Swinney say?

"He's excited…to keep on continuing what I was doing, to get this job, it's a sign of a winner. I agree, because I never gave up. I gave 110 percent in everything I did."

Tankersley expressed thanks for a few folks who helped him reach that qualifying score.

"Tutoring and just grinding. My tutor and I, Mr. Errol Thomas, if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be in the situation I'm in now. He has helped me everyday. He's just been there," Tankersley said. "Thank the Lord. And my parents, they just encouraged me a lot. It's a blessing in disguise."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back has big plans for the next four to five years.

"My goal, when I get to Clemson, of course -- compete, compete, compete. There's no doubt, I do want to play. You've got to compete to play," Tankersley said. "And, of course, winning a national championship -- there's no other goal than that."

During his season at Hargrave, Tankersley had 36 tackles, two interceptions, a pick-6 and eight pass breakups. On the offensive side of the ball, Tankersley caught 30 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns.

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