DE Clelin Ferrell Profile
As spring practice came to a close last weekend, Clemson’s coaching staff was making a priority of finding depth at defensive end. Dabo Swinney already knows plenty about the starters in Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd, but reserve talent will be required for Clemson’s defense to maintain the reputation it’s developed over the last couple of seasons.
Many early enrollees from the 2015 class were involved in the spring game, already working on breaking through the depth chart for 2015-16. 2015 signee Clelin Ferrell is still finishing up his senior year at Benedictine High School in Richmond, Virginia but was able to make it to the Upstate for the spring game. Ferrell took some time this week to catch up with CUTigers on his most recent visit.
“I liked the defense and offense’s effort and intensity that our guys put out there. It was great, and it just made the atmosphere even more exciting to be in.” Ferrell said.
“I was with incoming freshmen Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant and Ray Ray McCloud. Players on the team I talked with were Shaq Lawson, Kevin Dodd, Dorian O’Daniel, Sterling Johnson, Kelly Bryant and Shadell Bell. I really like the attitude and personality of the players that are there and that are coming in with me. It’s a group of guys that I know that it won’t be hard for us to bond and gel together as good teammates and great players.”
Ferrell understands the need for extra bodies and expects to contend for playing time, despite still getting back to full strength after tearing his ACL before his senior season.
“I’ve set goals for myself, and I’m confident in my ability or chance to compete for early playing time. I know we lost a lot of guys to the draft, but I know our coaches and the guys that will be in that locker room will be locked in as much as possible to focus on getting better every day so that we will be a great defense again this year,” he said.
Goals are certainly in Ferrell’s mind as he preps for his freshman season in college. Ferrell continued by saying, “I’m sure the coaches have talked with the current players about goals for this year. I haven’t yet because I’m not on campus, but I know that Clemson, along with other great teams, is always working to have a chance for a national championship.”
With only a few months left before Ferrell joins his teammates, he knows there’s still room to improve prior to seeing Brent Venables and the rest of the defensive staff.
“I definitely want to improve my explosiveness and strength. Not saying I’m weak, but I know that college is another level – different from high school,” said Ferrell.
Coming out of high school, Ferrell was rated as a 4-star defensive end – the No. 2 defensive end in Virginia, according to Scout.
He is listed at 6-foot-5, 237 pounds.
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