Speed, Speed and More Speed

If you could use one word to descrive the type of player the Clemson coaching staff has recruited in recent years it would have to be ... speed. Sumter running back and Clemson verbal commitment Roderick McDowell is showing that he will continue the trend in the next few years.

RB Roderick McDowell Profile

5-9, 175 pound running back prospect Roderick McDowell (Sumter) showed his speed at the state qualifier track meet last weekend.

"Last Saturday we had the track meet to qualify for the state," he told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "Our 4 x 100 relay qualified for the state. I qualified in the 100 and 200. We have the state meet this Saturday.

"I ran the 100 in 10.5. My time in the 200 was 21.5. Both of those were the second best times."

Another top Palmetto state recruit was at the track meet last weekend.

"I talked with Sam Montgomery some at the meet. We had a good time. He is just relaxing now from recruiting. He is just having fun," said McDowell.

J.K. Jay and Roderick have also built a strong relationship already.

"I have still been talking with J.K. a good bit. We were excited about Loston committing to Clemson. It is going to be our year in 2009. We are looking to win the ACC and the National Championship," said McDowell.

The Sumter standout is currently working on his summer plans.

"I am going to work hard and get ready for the season. We are going to the 7-on-7 at Clemson. I may also do an individual camp," said McDowell.

The star running back also said he expects to have a big senior season.

"We are looking wonderful. We have our skill players coming back and our whole secondary coming back. I feel like the team we have now can win it all. We just need to take it one game at a time," said McDowell.

Roderick will also be doing some recruiting over the next few months.

"I am going to try to get Poppa's [Loston's] number. I want to keep in touch with the Tiger family. I want us to build a strong bond before we get to Clemson," said McDowell.

McDowell, who has been commmitted to Clemson for the past three months, finished his junior year with 1,399 rushing yards on 158 attempts and 21 touchdowns.

He is currently ranked as the No. 48 running back prospect in the nation by Scout.com.

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