Solid Orange McDowell

CUTigers.com broke the news of the removal of the interim tag from Dabo Swinney to the top running back in the Palmetto state Sunday night. How did the news change his commitment status to the Tigers? Are there still other visits in his plans?

RB Roderick McDowell Profile

Sunday evening CUTigers.com informed Sumter running back and Clemson verbal commitment Rod McDowell that the coaching search at Clemson had ended with Dabo Swinney.

"I didn't know that yet," he said. "It is wonderful. Now I have a head coach I know I am comfortable with. Coach Powell and the rest of the staff are wonderful. I now have a head coach that I have a bond with."

How does the head coach change impact his commitment status with the Tigers?

"I am a Tiger. I am solid orange. It is Clemson all the way. Nothing can change my mind," replied McDowell.

The All American had planned to take some other visits. Will he still take some other visits?

"I am done. I was planning on taking some, but there is no reason when you know for a fact you are going to Tigertown," replied McDowell.

Saturday the Shrine Bowl standout watched the Tigers dominate the Gamecocks.

"It was wild. It was phenomenal," he said. "This man has really changed this program around. They played like it. The play calling was totally different. They ran the I formation. They ran the spread. It was phenomenal how they got after it on both sides of the ball."

The Sumter standout had the opportunity to spend time with several other Clemson verbal commitments during the game.

"Me, J.K. and Goodman were always talking. We all said we are behind Dabo 100 percent. We hoped he would get the job. It's great he has the job now," said McDowell.

Friday night McDowell helped lead Sumter to the state championship game.

"It was great. We came in that game knowing that it was do or die. If we lose our goals for the whole year would be crushed. We came out with chip on our shoulder.

"Give it up to Rock Hill. They are a great team. Our offensive line did a great job and so did our defense," said McDowell.

How will it be to play in Death Valley on Saturday for the state championship?

"It is phenomenal. Knowing that I will be one of the first recruits in this class to step foot on the field in Death Valley. I want to show people what they will see next year when I play for Clemson," replied McDowell.

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