Quick Hits with Chris Hairston

"Chris has the ability to fill out, so we think he can come in and redshirt," said Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden about his incoming freshman offensive lineman.

Chris Hairston
Carver High School
Winston-Salem, North Carolina


STRENGTH: Has good feet and great mobility. Speed and quickness are his biggest strengths right now. Has the frame to play at or over 300 pounds. Also has long arms and tremendous growth potential. Athletic. Has the height and athletic ability to play tackle in college.

HE SAID IT: "I think I will be able to come in and really develop my skills as a lineman. I'm probably looking at a red-shirt year and I'm fine with that."

WHY CLEMSON? "I had always wanted to be a Tiger," Hairston said on the day he made his verbal commitment to Clemson. "I was just waiting on an offer. I had to talk it over with my parents today. Crezdon (Butler) was happy for me. He was in my room when I made my decision earlier today. He was there when I talked it over with my parents. I talked with Coach Hobby tonight. He gave me Coach Bowden's phone number, and I called him and told him I wanted to be a Tiger."

COACH BLACKWELL SAYS: "There were a couple of offensive linemen that jumped on the scene late that really impressed us at the Shrine Bowl (Jamal Medlin and Chris Hairston)," said Clemson recruiting coordinator David Blackwell. "They were as impressive as anyone there. And when you are in position to sign offensive linemen to build them, you are in a good situation. These guys we think are great prospects. They are big, athletic and lean. They are going to be…great prospects. We got to watch them live and in person at the Shrine Bowl, and there was no hesitation there because we are not asking them to come in and play next year."

TOMMY BOWDEN SAYS: "We've got a little bit more depth on the offensive line than we did a few years ago. Chris (Hairston) and Jamal Medlin are tall, lean guys. Chris has the ability to fill out, so we think he can come in and redshirt."

Hairston at the Orange & White game.

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