"Things are going well," Brandon Ford told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "I have been working the summer workout program. I am in the second or third week. Before track I dropped down to about 193 pounds. I am up to around 203 now. I want to go in around 210."
The talented athlete has also been competing on the track for the past few months.
"I actually made it to the state finals," he said. "I finished sixth or seventh in the long jump."
Like most of the 2008 recruiting class, Ford will be heading to Clemson in just a little over a month.
"I am going up in early July. I am going to room with Andre Ellington, Jonathan Willard and Jaron Brown. I saw Jaron at the track meet. I have talked with him some," said Ford.
"They are just telling me to keep my grades up to where they are now," he said. "I am making all A's and B's right now. They tell me to keep working hard and to be ready to compete."
Because of a mix-up with a test score Ford may need to take the ACT one more time.
"I am in good shape. I got my qualifying score last June. They may have lost the score so I may have to take it again in early June," said Ford. "I hope to find out more this week. I will take it again on June 5 if I need to. I am not worried because I only need to make a 16 or 17 with my grades."
What is the Shrine Bowl standout looking forward to the most about beginning his Clemson career?
"I am just ready to meet the whole team. I want to get to know the people," he said. "I want to focus on my schoolwork first. I don't want to maintain average grades. I want to show that I can also do well in the classroom. I am ready to go out there and compete."
One thing Brandon will find out when he starts practice is the number he will wear at Clemson.
"Right now I don't know my number. I wanted 82, but a fifth year senior has it. I don't care. I will see if I like the one I get this year. If not maybe I will switch in the future," said Ford.
Ford, who was rated three-stars by Scout.com, finished his senior season with 76 receptions for 1,702 yards and 22 touchdowns. He led the state and finished third nationally in receiving yards.
For his efforts he was named to the 71st Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. As a junior he caught 63 passes for 630 yards and six touchdowns.