Quick Hits with Byron Maxwell

Future Tiger defensive back appears to be on track after missing his senior season.

CB Byron Maxwell
Fort Dorchester High School
North Charleston, South Carolina

STATS: Did not play his senior season due to injury...had 60 tackles, 19 pass break-ups and five interceptions as a junior, also returned a punt for a touchdown...rated as the No. 20 cornerback prospect in the nation by Scout.com...rated as the No. 5 overall prospect in the state of South Carolina.

CHOSE CLEMSON OVER: Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

STRENGTH: Tall cornerback that can shut down his side of the field. Tight coverage in man situations and displays good awareness in zone.

INTERESTING TIDBIT: Maxwell tore his ACL before the start of his senior season but was still a hot commodity on the recruiting scene. "When he got hurt, he panicked a little," Fort Dorchester head coach Steve LaPrad said. "But there was not one school that I know that dropped him. We had coaches fly in all the way from Nebraska just to spend 15 minutes with him."

WHY CLEMSON? "They were just the first to offer, so first come, first serve," he said. "I like the coaches. Coach Burns just seems real honest to me. My parents and I talked about it. We just felt like it was the best thing to do. My dad was really pushing it. My mom wasn't saying too much. My dad was very happy. My mom is happy also. I had a lot of folks congratulate me afterwards, and I heard a lot of stuff from my coaches."

HS COACH SAYS: "The difference in him, the reason why he was so highly recruited, is because he's so strong," LaPrad said. "He has the ability to go up against the big-time college receivers. Obviously speed is important, but his upper body strength is incredible. He jams up receivers at the line of scrimmage, and that's what big-time college football is 85 percent of the time. He locked down (Clemson's) No. 1 receiver prospect at the passing camp. He didn't let him catch one pass and (Clemson's staff) went crazy over Byron. They were on him so early."

Maxwell at the Orange & White game.

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