An Indepth Look at OL Dustin Fry

Summerville's Dustin Fry was rated as one of the top 3 offensive linemen this past year in the state of South Carolina and on January 13th, he gave his commitment to the Tigers. Here is an indepth look at one of the players that might just have the opportunity to come in and contribute next season.

Although the Tigers didn't pick up a lot of the top prospects in the state of South Carolina this year, they did land one of the top offensive linemen in Summerville's Dustin Fry. Fry, (6'2, 305) considered one of the strongest football players in the southeast, can bench press 410 lbs and squat over 600. He is projected to be a guard at Clemson, put he can play any number of positions along the offensive line, including center. This past year he graded out at over 80% and registered 80 knockdown blocks for his team. He is known primarily for outstanding pass blocking.

"I like the school, the academics and Vickery Hall," Fry said. "I also like the coaches. I just felt like Clemson was the best place for me and I have a chance to play as a true freshman."

Fry verbally committed to the Tigers after taking his official visit on January 13th. He had offers from many schools, and he eventually chose Clemson over Maryland, North Carolina, Wake Forest and South Carolina.

Fry will need to work on his footwork and his quickness before he can expect serious playing time as a Tiger, but that might be sooner than many experts think. You see, Fry is a natural athlete, and he didn't just play football in highschool. He was a state champion wrestler and also an all-state performer in track & field (shotput). He was also named the Low Country's Male Athlete of the Year this past season.

"The Summerville wrestling team won the 4A State Championship, and he won the lowcountry title and then repeated as the 4-A Heavy Weight State Champ in Columbia this past weekend. And watch him in the shot-put...he's the defending state champion there too," said Dustin's father, Steve Fry. "His goal is to set the state record, and so far, he's pretty good at attaining his goals."

With his outstanding upper body strength, Dustin Fry could very well have the opportunity to contribute this fall, but that will all depend on his performance once he arrives on campus.

One thing is for sure though, the Tigers picked up one outstanding lineman, and he'll leave his mark on the Clemson football program before its all said and done. Top Stories