McDaniel: "Looking for Big Season"

4-star defensive back DeAndre McDaniel goes on the record with to discuss everything from his qualification status to his plans to be on the field against Florida Atlantic.

The 6-1, 195 pound prospect has been working hard to prepare to compete for early playing time when he arrives on campus. "I have been working out every day. I have been doing the workout plan they sent me. I have gained about 5 pounds. I am up to about 195," McDaniel told

The talented athlete still has some work to do in order to qualify. "I am not qualified yet. I need one or two more points on my ACT. I just took the SAT this weekend. I think that will be easier to get the score I need. I should know more in about three weeks."

"If I can get qualified, I plan to enroll for the second summer session. I think I come up on July 6."

The Florida standout ran into one of his future teammates at the state track meet. "I saw C.J. at the state track meet. I was doing the long jump and the triple jump. I finished 4th in the triple jump and 7th in the long jump."

What is McDaniel looking forward to the most about getting to Clemson? "I just think this is going to be a big season for Clemson. I just want to be a part of it. I want to get up there and try to find me a spot quick," replied McDaniel.

Coach Swinney keeps in close contact with the prize recruit. "Coach Swinney is telling me if I qualify that I should get some playing time. I'm not really a second team man. I want to get some playing time."

The Amos P. Godby standout will finish high school in the next two weeks. "The last day of school is May 19. I will graduate on May 27."

What will McDaniel do with his short summer? "I just plan to keep working out. I plan to be ready when I get up there. I want to be in the first game against Florida Atlantic." will continue to keep you updated on this future Tiger defensive back. Top Stories