In a brief conversation with reporters on Tuesday, Clemson junior running back C.J. Spiller said he yet to reach a decision on whether he would return to school or opt for the 2009 NFL Draft.
But he did say, the first person he would call when he reached a decision, would be his mother, Patricia Watkins.
Wednesday night, CUTigers spoke with Mrs. Watkins by telephone to see if there have been any developments in the last 24 hours.
"He's coming along pretty good," she said. "I talked to him briefly today. He hasn't reached a decision one way or another yet but he's getting closer."
Watkins said she has given advice to her son, but that she would prefer to keep that information confidential at this point in the process.
"It is his decision," she said. "Whatever he decides to do, it is his decision. We've talked about it and I've given him some advice but that is between me and him."
"All I know is it was good to see him the week before the bowl game. He came down a few times and that was really nice. I'll be proud of him no matter what he decision is."
Spiller, who has already heard back from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee but has yet to reveal what where it said he could be drafted, has until Jan. 15 to make a decision.
Already, three underclassmen running backs have declared for the draft, including Iowa's Shonn Greene, Connecticut's Donald Brown and Georgia's Knowshon Moreno.
Most NFL draft analysts have pegged Spiller as either a first or second round pick.
"With C.J. Spiller, it's his ability to be a game changer and his overall explosiveness that makes him so attractive to NFL teams," notes Scout.com Draft Expert Chris Stueber. "If he were to enter the draft, he would probably be a late first, early second round selection."
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, who has already spoken with Spiller about his decision, told CUTigers last week before the Gator Bowl if Spiller is not projected as a top 15 pick, it will indeed be a difficult decision for the talented back.
"If the NFL comes back and says he's a top 10 or top 15 pick, I'll help him pack his bags and go," Swinney said. "But if they come back with anything else, there's a decision to make."
And that decision is exactly what Spiller is contemplating right now.
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