Ready to be a Tiger

The Clemson Tigers pulled several gems from Georgia in the 2005 recruiting class. checks in with the future Tiger lineman Etta Etta-Tawo to see how he is preparing for his freshman year, in this report.

The 6-3, 290 pound prospect watched the Orange & White game last weekend, even though he was not able to visit Clemson in person. "Yeah I couldn't go to the spring game, but I watched it on television. It was real good. It was real exciting. I can't wait to get up there and start playing," Etta-Tawo told

The prize recruit has been working hard to make sure he is ready to compete in August. "I have been running and working out in the weight room a lot. Right now I weight about 290 pounds right now," said Etta-Tawo.

Coach West has been staying in contact with the Georgia standout this spring. "He has," said Etta-Tawo. "I talked to Coach West right before the spring game. He was just making sure everything is going okay. Things like that."

When asked if he was in good shape for qualifying, Etta-Tawo responded, "Yes my grades are in good shape. I have my test score. I got all of that situated."

The McEachern star lineman will get an early start on his Clemson experience. "I am heading up for the summer session sometime before July 7. I just want to get oriented before next fall."

What is the future Tiger looking forward to the most? "I just like the fact that I'm going to be a Tiger. I can't wait to be wearing the orange and purple," said Etta-Tawo.

"I would like to come in and play early. I will do what I can to make sure I am ready to play next fall. If I get redshirted then I will use it as a chance to get better."

Etta-Tawo has also been impressed with the new Clemson defensive coaches. "I met with Coach Hobby when I went for my visit in January. He is real cool. It was easy to talk to him." We will continue to keep you updated on this future Tiger lineman, right up through the first day of practice in August. Top Stories