Scott, Tigers roar to top for Fla RB

One of the top running backs in the Sunshine state says the Clemson Tigers are his No. 1 school after a recent visit for Junior Day.

Simply put, North Florida running back Jawan Jamison is a team player.

The junior from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., says he dedicates his basketball style to making sure he gets his teammates involved first before he even thinks about scoring, and he prides his game on good solid defense.

In fact, Jamison is such a good teammate he spent his Friday night at a track meet cheering on his team, though he wasn't even competing.

On the football field, Jamison is still a good teammate as he used his big-play ability to take The Bolles School to a state championship last fall, rushing for 1,088 yards and 17 touchdowns, while catching another 400 yards out of the backfield as a receiver along the way.

Clemson recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott has been impressed enough to offer the running back a scholarship, his first and only offer to this point.

"They said they liked how I run and all that stuff," Jamison said.

And of course, Jamison said he likes the Tigers too.

Jawan Jamison
He recently attended Clemson's first Junior Day and he got the opportunity to tour the school and the football facilities as well as learn about Clemson's academic qualities.

"I like everything," he said. "They really caught my eye with the academics. I know my Mom is big on academics and she wants me to get a degree. They were telling me that their main goal is to help the kids get a degree and become successful outside of football.

"They showed me how they have a tutor for every subject that you take and how you have to go to tutoring and it is mandatory and how they focus on pushing kids through college."

Though Jamison has not been to Clemson on game day, he is looking forward to checking it out, though he has not set up any visits with Clemson or any other school.

In the past, he has been to South Carolina for a game and has been to Florida, but though he hasn't seen Death Valley in person when it is full with 80,000 Tiger fans, he says he likes what he sees on television a lot better than some of those places he has been to.

"Right now they are definitely on top," he said. "I have watched a lot of Clemson games on television and C.J. Spiller and James Davis with that one-two combo. I like the way they run the ball and obviously, they are using their running backs a lot.

"They had like the No. 1 tandem in college football. I liked it. I liked everything."

Though Clemson is the only school to have offered, Jamison says he has been getting interest from Miami, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Wake Forest. In fact, he is waiting for an offer from Wake Forest at any time.

Clemson and Miami are his two schools of choice, but he still plans to keep all his options open.

The Tigers are expecting to sign one running back in the 2010 recruiting class.

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