Clearinghouse: McKissic Can Enroll

The good news just came in the door for future Tiger Jacquez McKissic. <BR>

CUTigers.com first reported several weeks ago that Alabama native Jacquez McKissic would be able to enroll in January after receiving a qualifying ACT score. However, he had not received the official word from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

In fact, he was actually one point short. Well sort of. In an interview with CUTigers.com Tuesday night, McKissic explained the confusion.

"I thought I had it (in that interview), but I was still a point a short," said the standout defensive lineman.

As it turns out however, he actually had the score he needed all along.

"I took the test the twice, the first time I took it I thought I needed two points, and I only got one on the first one. But I got a paper from the NCAA Clearinghouse that I got cleared. So I'm in. I just needed that one point."

McKissic for the spring semester, and could possibly practice with the Tigers for a bowl game.

"I'm really looking forward to getting up there," said McKissic. "They've talked to me about practicing there early. I've talked to Coach Swinney a lot."

When asked what he thought about the Tigers' late season turnaround, the Alabama native said he couldn't believe how things have changed in recent weeks.

"That Miami game was incredible. It was a big upset," added the future Tiger.

McKissic will be brought in to play on the defensive line, and figures to see playing time as early as next season along with redshirt freshmen Rashaad Jackson and Dorrell Scott.

The Clemson coaching staff continues to wait on the qualifying score of Greenville native Cory Lambert, who is hoping to enroll in January also. The three other recruits from the 2004 class that failed to qualify, Durrell Barry, Philip Merling, and Elsmore Gabriel, will be able to enroll next August at the earliest.

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