Decision Day Approaching

It won't be too much longer until we find out the future of Clemson junior running back C.J. Spiller.

After all, he doesn't have much more time.

Spiller, one of the most electric players in all of college football, has approximately 36 hours left to determine where he'll be spending the next year of his life, in Clemson wrapping up his career for the orange and white, or playing football somewhere else in the National Football League.

While many have speculated on what must be going through his mind since Clemson's loss to Nebraska in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, just one thing seems certain- he's torn with his decision.

Torn between Clemson University and supporting his family.

Torn between returning to school to compete for that ever-elusive ACC championship and the big time world of professional sports.

Without question, arguments could be made in either direction, supporting whatever decision Spiller decides to make.

And while no one knows for sure what the NFL Draft Advisory committee said in regards to his likely draft status, Spiller's stock will do nothing but go up from now until the 2009 draft, should he decide to leave early.

Why is that you ask?

Because of the NFL combine. Regardless of whatever round the NFL told him he'd be drafted, his stock would soar at the combine in February.

Think of him as this year's Chris Johnson. The former East Carolina standout blew scouts away with a 4.27 40-yard dash at the combine last year, which turned to be a primary reason he was drafted in the first round by the Tennessee Titans.

He went from a borderline first-day pick to a first-rounder in about the same time it will take Clemson's Trevor Booker to pickup a foul against North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough next month in the Dean Dome.

And Spiller, who has also been a track star at Clemson, knows that.

He knows even if the NFL said he'd be a second-round pick at best, he'll have a great opportunity to move up the draft boards of every team in the league with a strong showing at the combine.

At the same time, it was Spiller who promised back in October if Dabo Swinney was named Clemson's permanent head coach, there would be a "1-double-zero" percent chance he'd return for his senior season.

There's also a strong chance he could increase his stock significantly by returning for his senior year.

With Cullen Harper, Aaron Kelly, Tyler Grisham and James Davis gone, the 2009 version of Clemson's offense would truly revolve around him.

That's not to suggest he'd be a 30-carry-a-game running back, because he'll never be that, but it is to suggest he could easily eclipse the 1,000 yard mark on the ground, not to mention continue to do additional damage as a receiver and kick returner.

In addition, he'd arguably be working behind his best offensive line since his freshman year- which could make life on the field a little easier.

Looking at all of his options, you could almost say C.J. Spiller can't make a bad decision.

On one hand he could return to Clemson, get his degree (which is something that has always been important to him by the way), watch a Heisman Trophy campaign be launched by head coach Dabo Swinney and be the focal point of the offense during for his senior year.

On the other, he could leave for the NFL and probably be a second-round draft pick at worst and be able to provide for his family 12 months earlier than if he stayed at Clemson.

While both options sound pretty good, none of that makes it any easier on Spiller himself.

And that's one of the main reasons we still don't know what he'll do. Top Stories