Quick Hits with Andrew Diomande

"He's very athletic around the football," said Andrew Diomande's head coach Chris Merritt. "He is really a technician. He knows how to put his body in position where he is the only one that can catch the ball."

WR Andrew Diomande
6-2, 185, 4.5
Columbus High School
Miami, Florida

The Stats: Andrew Diomande caught over 40 passes for almost 700 yards and 6 touchdowns last year for Columbus High School. Diomande, who was recruited to Clemson by assistant coaches Ron West and Dabo Swinney, chose the Tigers over Auburn.

Strength: Diomande was a late bloomer as even his own head coach admits that he wasn't aware of his abilities until halfway through his senior year. "I didn't know what we had in him," said Columbus head coach Chris Merritt. "We didn't throw the ball much until we discovered what we had with Andrew."

WR Andrew Diomande
Why Clemson? "I was real excited to get the call about coming to Clemson," said Diomande. "I think Clemson is a great program and I have heard they have a good business school, and that's what I want to major in when I get there. They have a good quarterback in Charlie Whitehurst, and hopefully I'll get the chance to catch a few passes from him next year. The coaches said I will have the opportunity to come in and compete for playing time, but if I don't make it, I'll just redshirt my freshman year. Either way I'm fine with it. I'm just happy to be going there."

Interesting Tidbit: Interestingly enough, Diomande is the nephew of former FSU star Andre Wadsworth. "Andre Wadesworth played a very important role with Andrew," said his head coach. "Andre knows coach Bowden from his time at Florida State, and he is very pleased with Andrew's decision to go to Clemson."

High School Coach Says: "He's very athletic around the football," said Diomande's head coach Chris Merritt. "He is really a technician. He knows how to put his body in position where he is the only one that can catch the ball. He really did not get on anybody's radar. The common thing among the coaches was they wish they would have know about him a month earlier."

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