Being the only cornerback signed by the Clemson Tigers in the class of 2008, freshman cornerback Xavier Brewer appears to be in a pretty good position.
If he redshirts the upcoming season, he'll be positioning himself for significant playing time on down the line after juniors Chris Chancellor and Crezdon Butler move on.
Or, if plays this year, he'll have the opportunity to contribute on special teams and learn on the fly from two of the top corners in the ACC.
Either way, he's fine with whatever the coaching staff elects to do.
CUTigers.com caught up with the former four-star cornerback before Fan Appreciation Day Sunday to get his thoughts on preseason camp:
Xavier what has the transition for you been like moving from high school to college. Obviously you were one of the last freshmen coming in this summer- did that put you behind some of the other guys?
Brewer: Actually the coaches made it real easy for me because I had about a week off before things got going. So I got to rest that week and then I was able to work out with the team. So it really wasn't that big of a deal [missing most of summer workouts].
Brewer: Preseason camp is going pretty good. It's an adjustment learning the different learning all the techniques Coach Vic wants you to know. So that take a little while to learn all of that but so far it's all going pretty good.
What about playing this year- do you think you could see the field or are you looking at a redshirt?
Brewer: That's up to Coach Vic right now. I'm just going out there and trying to do the best can. I have no idea to be honest with you. Whatever he wants, is what will happen. I can control what I can control and that's it.
What do you think about what you've seen form this defense so far? Impressed?
Brewer: It's a whole lot of talent on this defense. Most I've ever seen in my life. We've got a lot of potential. We've got a chance to be a great team this season.
This team is expected to win the ACC this year, and possibly more. Is that what guys are talking about that in the locker room right now?
Brewer: Not too much. Honestly, everybody is talking about Alabama right now. That's the best way we can take this thing- one week at a time.
You are just a few weeks away from running down the hill for the first time. Any thoughts on what that is going to be like?
Brewer: Oh, it's going to be wild. I remember from my recruiting visits. I've been having dreams about it.
Was that one of the reasons you ended up at Clemson- because of that whole experience?
Brewer: It topped everything off. I was always real interested. I liked the coaches, I liked the environment and the chances of playing because I was going to be the only cornerback they signed. All of that- then to top it off with the hill and the fans, that's all it took. It was the perfect environment for me.