A Clelin Ferrell Update

When thinking of Clemson's football team the last few years a few things stand out. The Tigers are one of just a handful of teams nationwide to have won 10 or more games each of the last four seasons. Big bowl wins have become the norm. Dabo Swinney's recruiting classes continue to impress more and more.

DE Clelin Ferrell Profile

When noting the recruiting being done at Clemson it's been easy to spot the newcomers that have made an instant impact inside Death Valley. Sammy Watkins, Deshaun Watson and Artavis Scott have all seen the field early and often as true freshmen. The talent in these players was undeniable.

As the 2015 season quickly approaches, Clemson is sure to have some more true freshmen set foot on the gridiron this year. Some of these freshmen are sure to play because of similar undeniable talent. Some may play this season more out of necessity.

Earlier this week, when Dabo announced the dismissal of sophomore defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko, more necessity may have entered the equation. CUTigers caught up with incoming freshmen defensive end Clelin Ferrell to discuss how Ogundeko's dismissal will affect the Tigers going forward.

"I think his dismissal is one that nobody wants to happen. But, because of it, it just means that us freshmen must come in prepared to work and be focused to help as much as we can," said Ferrell. "I think that the coaches will be looking for young guys to come in and fill spots since Ebo was a big part of the rotation. And now that just means that whoever works the hardest will be on the field."

Despite the disappointment of seeing what would have been a future teammate dismissed from the team, Ferrell says there's certainly something to learn from the situation. "It teaches me that you have to make the right decisions, because I'm not a child anymore where it's just a slap on the wrist." Ferrell continued saying, "You have to stay focused on your goals and not let anything that could distract you from them get in the way.

"I've spoken with my coaches telling me to come in and be ready to compete, and I've spoken with some of the other freshmen about it - just how crazy the situation was. My high school has prepared me for it, somewhat, just because of the lack of tolerance they have for misconduct here. The biggest thing I've learned from my coaches is to have humility and to never feel as if you've accomplished, because that's when you begin to decline. I wasn't the most humble kid going into high school. I was a knucklehead, but they made me realize that I can do so much with my life and not sell myself short because of my background," said Ferrell.

Ferrell is coming off a torn ACL, causing him to miss his entire season, but he's been working toward the possibility of having to step in to provide depth for Clemson's defensive line as a freshman.

"I feel very good about my knee. I feel like I'm 100%, but it's a learning curve trying to play with a brace on and work out in one too," he said. "I expect there to be some suspicion of how my health is when I get on campus just because they weren't the caretakers of my rehab, but I just look forward to working hard and showing my teammates and coaches that I'm all about the team and being the best player and person I can."

As the summer begins, Ferrell seems to have his priorities in order as he looks toward getting on the field at Clemson.

"The hardest thing to adjust to, in my opinion, will be time management and dealing with the freedoms of college and realizing that I can't let the college life distract me from what I came to Clemson for - to win that National Championship," explained Ferrell. Ferrell will be one of the last few pieces of the 2015 class to arrive on campus for Clemson later this summer. Scout rated Ferrell as a 4-star defensive end coming out of Benedictine High (Richmond, VA). Ferrell was rated as the No. 20 defensive end in the 2015 class and as the No. 2 defensive end in Virginia.

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