"Ready to be a Clemson Tiger"

The nation's No. 26 strongside linebacker prospect, current Clemson commitment Tarik Rollins, goes on the record with CUTigers.com less than 36 hours before he leaves for college.

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The 6-2, 190 pound linebacker says he is almost ready to head to Clemson to begin his college career.

"I will be leaving on Friday," he told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "I am going down with my whole family. My mom, dad, brother and sister will be coming.

"I will be rooming with Daquan, Marquan and Stanley. I talked some with them on the phone. I told them I am looking forward to being their roommate."

What is Rollins looking forward to about enrolling at Clemson next week?

"I am looking forward to getting acclimated to school and then football. I want to get to know the players and coaches. I am ready to be a Clemson Tiger," said Rollins.

A torn ACL kept Rollins out of his senior season. As a junior, he recorded 83 tackles and six interceptions and seven sacks.

"It is going good with my rehab. I am three months and one week out of surgery. I am not sure if I will be ready for the spring. If the rehab finishes up good hopefully I can be out there," said Rollins.

"I am basically doing a lot of movement stuff. I started running last week. I am doing ladder drills and trying to strengthen my leg."

What are Rollins goals for his first year in Tigertown?

"I just want to get playing time as a true freshman," replied Rollins.

Clemson assistant coach David Blackwell has kept in touch with Rollins throughout the recruiting process.

"I talked to coach Blackwell last week," he said. "He was just seeing how I was doing. We also talked about the bowl game. He and coach Bowden came down to visit in December."

New Years Eve Rollins spent the night watching his future teammates.

"It was a tough game. The players played real hard. They gave a lot of effort, but couldn't pull it out at the end. They were missing both of their outside linebackers so that had something to do with it," said Rollins.

What message does the future Tiger linebacker have for the Clemson fans?

"Tell the fans that I will be there next week. I am looking forward to putting on that Clemson helmet," replied Rollins.

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