There's just one word that comes to mind when the state's top running back thinks about signing day.

RB Roderick McDowell Profile

Three-star running back Rod McDowell will sign with the Clemson Tigers on Wednesday, and even though he's been committed for almost a year, it hasn't hit him just what it all means.

"I am like wow," he told CUTigers Tuesday night. "I am about to sign with the school where I want to be. It is like I am getting married to Clemson. It is a big day. I will be at Clemson for the next four year. I will put all I have into being a Tiger."

A signing day celebration is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Sumter High.

"I am going to sign at 2:00," he said. "I think my coach said we will do it in the coaches office. My mom will be there and my uncle Ronnie.

Ronnie has been there for me through the recruiting process. He played in the league so he has been a big help."

The US Army All American was thrilled to hear his teammate in San Antonio, QB Tajh Boyd, had committed to the Tigers.

"He told me like two days earlier that he thought it would be Clemson. He said Clemson felt like home. I told him to pray about it and do whatever God puts in his heart.

"We kept in touch a lot at the All American game. He is a triple threat. He can open up the offense. It is a good feeling knowing he made a good decision to be a Tiger," said McDowell. The Sumter standout has also been keeping in touch with another former All American.

"Me and Bryce McNeal keep in touch," he said. "He is cool. Even though we were on different teams at the All American game we kept in touch every day. We can't wait to pull up to Tigertown and show everyone how Dabo's first recruiting class will go out there and play ball."

The state's top running back is also working hard to be ready to compete when he steps on campus this summer.

"I am working on my lower body. I am getting my legs back under me. I wasn't doing much in the weight room with the Shrine Bowl and then the US Army All American game. I am getting ready for track also," he said.

"I am getting my body big and running track. That is a good thing for me right now." Top Stories