DB DeAndre McDaniel
Godby High School
STATS: Recorded 58 tackles and had 39 catches for 696 yards as a senior...as a junior, had 53 tackles and eight interceptions, returning three for touchdowns...also caught 27 passes for 656 yards and six touchdowns as a wide receiver as a junior...a two-way starter on the gridiron, he had eight interceptions as a junior and three as a senior.
CHOSE CLEMSON OVER: Alabama, Louisville, Auburn, Florida and Florida State
STRENGTH: Prefers to play safety but plays the wide receiver position like he loves it. Has strong hands and good acceleration once he has possession of the ball. Not afraid of contact with or without the ball and will go over the middle or lay a solid crack back block.
WHY CLEMSON? "I really liked the depth chart," he said. "I could see that they needed safeties. I wanted to go ahead and commit so it would help bring in some more big-time recruits. I called Coach Swinney one morning, and he was in a meeting with the coaching staff. He put me on the phone with them and I committed. They told me I was a big recruit for Clemson. They said they are looking forward to me coming in next year. They told me to stick my head out the window and I should be able to hear them screaming all the way from South Carolina."
HS COACH SAYS: "I think DeAndre is one of the best players in the country, either wide receiver or defensive back," Godby head coach Shelton Crews said. "I am glad I don't have to make that decision what side of the ball he plays on at the next level. For us, he played on both sides. One great thing about him is he is also a great special teams player. He can block punts, return punts, return kickoffs…whatever we need, he can usually do. We expect big things out of him."
COACH BLACKWELL SAYS: "We wanted to take two corners in this class, and we got the top two on our board. We also got the top two high school safeties we evaluated – we brought in the top two we evaluated - DeAndre McDaniel is one of those players," said Clemson recruiting coordinator David Blackwell. "Clemson has traditionally done well in Florida, and we are starting to open more doors down there. Those guys down there are taking notice. We are starting to get some name recognition, especially after we went down there and beat Miami, and also after beating Florida State two of the last three years."
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