Tigers Gain Top Junior RB Commitment

Just one day after National Signing Day, the Clemson coaching staff picked up a big commitment for the class of 2009.

RB Roderick McDowell

The Clemson coaching staff picked up its third verbal commitment for the class of 2009 today from Sumter running back Roderick McDowell.

McDowell chose the Tigers over offers from Kentucky and South Carolina.

Sumter offensive coordinator Grayson Howell spoke with CUTigers.com about his star running back Thursday afternoon.

"I think he is a lot like Andre Ellington. He catches the ball great and he is very elusive. He is a great cutback runner and is a homerun hitter. This year his longest run was 76 yards, his longest catch was 68 yards and he had a 95 yard return. He is the best all around back I've ever coached," said coach Howell.

What type of speed does his prize recruit have?

"Our hand held times have him at 4.3s. He is a high 4.3, low 4.4 guy," replied Howell.

The Tigers actually picked up the commitment this weekend after a visit to Clemson.

"He actually committed on Sunday. We go to seven on seven at Clemson every year. They did a good job on him. Coach Powell was here three or four times in the past few months. Coach Bowden came by as well. He went up there Saturday and they blew him away," said coach Howell.

As a junior, he rushed for 1,389 yards and scored 21 touchdowns.

CUTigers.com will have more on this breaking story later this afternoon.

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