Waiting for "The Announcement"

Nobody is more eager to hear an announcement of Clemson's new head coach than the No. 1 running back in South Carolina for the class of 2009.

RB Roderick McDowell Profile

The honors keep coming in for Clemson verbal commitment Rod McDowell as he recently found out he will be a U.S. Army All American and a finalist for the South Carolina player of the year.

"All this stuff keeps happening. I am going to the banquet on December 12 to find out. It is an honor to just be considered," McDowell told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

Another Clemson commitment Malliciah Goodman will join Rod at the U.S. Army All American game.

"Nobody can take us apart. We played against each other in our region earlier. We are going to be playing to Shrine Bowl. We are going to be together at the US Army game, then together at Clemson," he said.

The star running back helped lead Sumter to another playoff victory last weekend.

"We played good Friday," he said. "We beat Gaffney 34-31 in overtime. We play Rock Hill at home this week. I had 180 yards on 24 carries. I scored two touchdowns."

Saturday afternoon Rod watched some of the Tigers win over Virginia on television.

"Yes sir, I watched it. At least they came up with a W. It was a good win," said McDowell. "Oh yeah and I will be there Saturday. I can't wait.

"I actually talked to coach Powell on Thursday. He told me the fun was coming back to the team. He told me they hope to get me down there next year."

When asked where he stands with his commitment to the Tigers, McDowell responded, "I am still committed to Clemson. I am just waiting to see how the coaching situation works out at Clemson."

What is coach Powell telling Roderick about the coaching job at Clemson?

"He tells me he hopes coach Swinney gets the job. I am hoping he does as well," replied McDowell.

Clemson will get an official visit in December from the Sumter standout.

"I haven't set a date for my visit yet. It will be after they announce who the coach will be," said McDowell.

A victory Friday over Rock Hill and the All American will get to play for the state championship in Death Valley.

"It is phenomenal. I may be able to play in the state championship at the school where I may be playing. It's phenomenal," said McDowell.

For the season, McDowell has over 1,400 yards on and scored 29 touchdowns on the ground.

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