2009 Signing Day Bios

A closer look at Clemson's 12 signees for the 2009 recruiting class.

Tajh Boyd
QB • 6-1 • 210 • Fr. • HS
Hampton, Virginia
Phoebus High School
#4 quarterback in the country according to Scout.com. Consensus top-100 national player...#6 player in Virginia by SuperPrep...#5 quarterback in the nation by SuperPrep...played in the U.S. Army All-American game, where he earned Co-MVP honors after completing 7-9 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns...completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,455 yards and 23 touchdowns along with three rushing touchdowns as a senior...completed 69 percent of his passes for 2,050 yards and 25 touchdowns, and rushed for seven touchdowns as a junior...his high school team posted a 43-2 record with him as starting quarterback in his career...played his senior year with a torn ACL and had surgery in January; he still led his high school to state champion- ship...led Phoebus High to two state titles...coached by Bill Dee at Phoebus High School...recruited by Billy Napier and Danny Pearman...chose Clemson over Ohio State and Oregon.

Quandon Christian
LB • 6-2 • 215 • Fr. • HS
Lake View, South Carolina
Lake View High School
#19 strongside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com...#23 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar... rushed for 1,368 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior...had 89 tackles and eight sacks as a senior...coached by Darrel King at Lake View High School... recruited by Dabo Swinney and David Blackwell...chose Clemson over N.C. State and South Carolina.

Malliciah Goodman
DE • 6-4 • 255 • Fr. • HS
Florence, South Carolina
West Florence High School
Enrolled at Clemson in January of 2009 following his high school graduation in December of 2008 #11 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com … participated in the U.S. Army All-American game, one of only two players from South Carolina to play in that game...participated in the Shrine Bowl...had a productive senior season with 73 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, and 15 sacks in nine games...finalist for Mr. Football...coached by Trey Woodberry at West Florence High School...recruited by Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Corico Hawkins
LB • 6-0 • 225 • Fr. • HS
Milledgeville, Georgia
Baldwin High School
#23 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout. Com…#28 player in Georgia by SuperPrep...member of the Southeast All-Region team by PrepStar... had 112 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, six sacks, four caused fumbles, two recovered fumbles, eight pass breakups, and two receiving touchdowns as a senior...coached by Jesse Hicks at Baldwin High School...recruited by Chris Rumph...chose Clemson over Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), Nebraska, and N.C. State.

J.K. Jay
OL • 6-5 • 285 • Fr. • HS
Greenville, South Carolina
Christ Church Episcopal School
Enrolled at Clemson in January of 2009 following his high school graduation in December of 2008...#17 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com... AP All-State selection as a senior...invited to play in the ESPN/Under Armour All-American game, but did not participate due to injury...missed his entire junior season due to injury...participated in the Shrine Bowl...led his high school team to 9-1 regular-season record as a senior...played baseball and basketball as a sophomore...his grandfather (Jerome Jay) was head coach at Furman... coached by Don Frost at Christ Church Episcopal School...recruited by David Blackwell and Brad Scott...chose Clemson over Georgia and Tennessee.

Roderick McDowell
RB • 5-10 • 175 • Fr. • HS
Sumter, South Carolina
Sumter High School
48 running back in the nation by Scout.com...#22 running back in the nation by SuperPrep...#7 player in South Carolina by Su- perPrep...member of the All-America Top-250 team by PrepStar...had 1,892 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior...played his last high school game in the state championship game in Death Valley...had 1,399 yards on 158 carries and 28 total touchdowns as a junior...Shrine Bowl participant... invited to the U.S. Army All-American game...coached by Paul Sorrells at Sumter High School...recruited by André Powell...chose Clemson over Flori- da, Kentucky, and South Carolina.

Bryce McNeal
WR • 6-2 • 175 • Fr. • HS
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Breck High School
#40 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com...#8 player in the Midwest by SuperPrep...#16 wide receiver in the nation by SuperPrep...had 41 receptions for 344 yards and one touchdown as a senior...had 31 receptions for 720 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior...participated in the U.S. Army All-American game... coached by Chris Ohm at Breck High School...recruited by Jeff Scott and Mike Dooley...chose Clemson over Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

Jonathan Meeks
S • 6-2 • 185 • Fr. • HS
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Rock Hill High School
Four-star prospect according to Scout.com. … member of the All-Atlantic Region team by PrepStar...played at Rock Hill High School, where he played quarterback and free safety as a senior... had 896 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns...had 612 passing yards and seven touchdowns...had 69 tackles, including 41 first hits, and added two interceptions...played at the same high school as current NFL players Chris Hope and Ko Simpson...coached by Robert Prunty at Hargrave Military Academy and Joe Montgomery at Rock Hill High School...recruited by Billy Napier...chose Clemson over Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Tyler Shatley FB • 6-3 • 265 • Fr. • HS
Icard, North Carolina
East Burke High School
#7 fullback in the nation by Scout.com...#8 player in North Carolina by Super- Prep...member of the All-Atlantic Region team by PrepStar...had 2,000 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns in his junior and senior years...had 51 Tackles and nine tackles for loss as a senior...averaged 40.7 yards per punt as a senior...coached by Mike Biggerstaff at East Burke High School...recruited by Billy Napier...chose Clemson over Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Wake Forest.

Spencer Shuey
LB • 6-3 • 240 • Fr. • HS
Charlotte, North Carolina
South Mecklenburg High School
#79 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com...#28 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep...defensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl when he had seven tackles and two tackles for loss...rushed for 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior...had 94 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception return for a touchdown, seven pass breakups, one caused fumble, and one recovered fumble as a senior...coached by James Martin at South Mecklenburg High School...recruited by Billy Napier...chose Clemson over Duke, Il- linois, Kentucky, and Wake Forest.

Darrell Smith
TE/DE • 6-3 • 235 • Fr. • HS
Gadsden, Alabama
Gadsden City High School
#59 TE in the nation according to Scout.com. Strong and athletic player who was a tight end and defensive end at Gadsden City High School in Gadsden, AL, the same city that sent former Head Coach Danny Ford (1978-89) to Clemson...participated in the Mississippi vs. Alabama All-Star game...had six receptions for 96 yards and three carries for 17 yards as a senior...helped his team to a 10-2 record as a junior...coached by Joe Billingsley at Gadsden City High School...recruited by Charlie Harbison... chose Clemson over Troy.

Brandon Thomas
OL • 6-4 • 280 • Fr. • HS
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Dorman High School
#14 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com...#12 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...#31 offensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep...member of the All-America 250 by PrepStar...selected for the Shrine Bowl but did not play due to injury...coached by Dave Gutshall at Dorman High School...recruited by Billy Napier...chose Clemson over Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.

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