Clemson Commitment Visits SC

This long-time Clemson commitment took in the Tennessee-South Carolina game Saturday night.

RB Roderick McDowell Profile

Sumter standout and Clemson verbal commitment Rod McDowell traveled to Columbia Saturday to see what the Gamecocks have to offer.

"I went with my mom," he told "It was an unofficial visit. It was pretty good. The fans were crazy. I had never been to an SEC game before. Carolina had a good game plan. They have a good defense. Garcia opened up the passing game and running game. That really opened things up for the backs."

How would he compare Williams-Brice with Death Valley? "Clemson has it all," he said. "When that stadium is full it is rocking. Clemson is rocking no matter what. It doesn't matter if it is an early game or a night game. When Clemson and Carolina play that should be a good game."

The South Carolina staff met with Rod and his mother during the visit.

"Coach G and coach Reaves talked with me and my mom about the education at South Carolina. They talked about my vision and how it would help me open things up on the field," said McDowell.

Where do stand with verbal commitment to the Tigers?

"I am a Tiger no matter what. My options are wide open though. I want to see how the coaching staff plays out," replied McDowell.

Another SEC visit may be in the works.

"Me and my mom are thinking about going to Kentucky for a visit. We have been hearing from them," said McDowell.

Clemson assistant coach Andre Powell is keeping in touch with the Sumter standout.

"Coach Powell is telling me to keep my head up and play smart. He said to play hard no matter how things are going," said McDowell.

Expect to see the star running back in Death Valley in a couple of weeks.

"I will be back there for the Duke game most likely," said McDowell.

Earlier this week the Palmetto state's top running back got some big news as he was named to the Sandlapper squad for the Shrine Bowl.

"It is a wonderful feeling to get to play with J.K., Sam, Malliciah and one of my teammates Kevin Sinkler. It is a blessing,' he said.

The Palmetto state standout had another outstanding performance last Friday night.

"It was pretty good game," he said. "It was a battle of the two best teams in our region. We lost 31-28. I had 173 yards and three touchdowns. We had some bad calls. It is hard to play against the referees and the other players. When it came down to the end we executed, but we didn't win," said McDowell.

"We play Hartsville this week. Then we start the playoffs. This year in the playoffs we are going to have to man up. We are going to be the underdog team, but we are going to make some noise." Top Stories