McDaniel Ready to Take Someone's Spot

One of the top the nation's top prep standouts will arrive on campus at Clemson in just five days, and the 4-star safety doesn't plan to waste any time this spring in moving into the starting lineup.

S DeAndre McDaniel Profile

6-2, 195 pound safety prospect DeAndre McDaniel will travel to Clemson with his family in just a few days to start his college career.

"Yeah I am heading up on Sunday. I am coming up with my grandmother, my dad and most of my family. They are all coming to help me move," McDaniel told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "I have just been chilling ith my friends and family during the holidays. I has missed being at home. I was glad to be home."

The former Godby (Fla.) standout watched the Music City bowl, and despite the fact Clemson was upset by Kentucky, he still sees reason for optimism.

"I don't really have much to say about the game," he said. "It was crazy. I just can't wait to get there. Everybody has been calling me telling me Clemson sure can use me."

Clemson assistant Dabo Swinney has kept in contact with his prize recruit throughout the recruiting process.

"He said that I can have a spot by the spring if I come in and work hard," he said. "I have never ridden the bench in my life. I am not coming to Clemson to do that.

"I am just ready to come. I am not going to have to worry about my grades. I am going to stay up on them. I am going to try to work hard this spring. I am going to work hard for both of the safety spots. One of them is going to have to give up their spot."

The prep standout will wear No. 2 for the Tigers and he plans to continue his workouts this week to be ready to compete.

"I am just going to get in the weight room this week. I am also going to keep running and make sure I stay in shape," he said. One thing McDaniel learned at Hargrave is that stars don't mean much when you hit campus.

"There are some spots that need to be filled with this class. I don't know how everyone else wants to work, but I hope everyone wants to work hard. Those stars don't mean much. I hope everyone comes in and lives up to the hype," he added.

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