Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
Orangeburg, South Carolina
CHOSE CLEMSON OVER: Maryland, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia and UCF.
STRENGTH: Has the prototypical size that coaches look for in a Division I tackle. Uses his arms well to lock onto the opponent. Has a long wingspan that helps him widen the pocket and keep opposing defensive ends at bay. Good one-on-one and stays under control when moving to the second level. Has imposing size and is able to engulf the defender. Uses leverage well.
INTERESTING TIDBIT: Medlin played for Orangeburg-Wilkinson, the same high school that produced former Tigers Jackie Robinson (1999-02) and quarterbacks Mike O'Cain (1973-76) and Woodrow Dantzler (1998-01).
HE SAID IT: "They seemed very happy," Medlin said of the Clemson coaching staff when he made his verbal commitment. "I kind of gave them the run-around a little bit. I tried not to show much expression. They asked what I was going to do. I sat there for a minute. Everything got quiet. You could tell there was tension. Then I smiled and told them I was coming to Clemson."
WHY CLEMSON? "I just really enjoyed the program," said Medlin. "By committing here, I get to stay close to home. I just thought it was the right thing to do. I just feel comfortable there. They have a great program. Players from my school have a good track record there."
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."