Two-way standout likes Clemson

One of the top athletes in the Palmetto state has a big decision directly on his horizon.

There are just a handful of schools that Bashaud Breeland dreamed of playing for when he was a child.

Luckily for Dabo Swinney, and recruiting coach Chris Rumph, Clemson was one of those schools.

"That's one of the places my friends and I have said we wanted to go to," Breeland said. "Now I have that chance."

Clemson is one of six schools that have offered the Allendale-Fairfax standout. In a recent trip to Clemson for Junior Day, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound quarterback/safety said he had a great visit to Clemson and really enjoyed his conversations with Swinney and Rumph.

"It was a good talk," Breeland said. "He (Swinney) told me how he really wanted me to come to Clemson. I was excited."

The Tigers are excited about what Breeland can bring to Clemson's defense. At safety, which is what Clemson is recruiting him as, he totaled 76 tackles, forced two fumbles, had three interceptions and broke up 14 passes.

"Safety is what I'm going to play at the next level, but in high school I love it when I'm on offense and I have a chance to score," he said.

As a quarterback Breeland scored 12 times, while rushing for 789 yards in the Allendale-Fairfax Tigers' run-oriented offense. When he did throw the ball, he completed 35 passes for 359 yards and seven scores with no interceptions.

"That's all we do down here," Breeland said. "You grow up playing football in the backyard and stuff like that. That's what we have to do to keep ourselves out of trouble or the ones that want to stay out of trouble like me."

Breeland does not get into any trouble thanks to his 3.3 GPA and the fact he is a three-sport athlete for the Tigers. After football season is over, he turns his attention to basketball where as a wing player, he finished second on the squad in scoring.

When basketball season is over he turns his attention to the track where he runs in the 110-meter hurdles, 400 hurdles, the high jump, the 4x100 and the 4x4 relay. His time on the track has allowed him to improve his time in the 40, which currently is at 4.5.

As for his visit to Clemson, Breeland said his first trip to Clemson is a memorable one. In fact, he said he liked it more than his visit to South Carolina. Like Clemson, the Gamecocks are also recruiting him as a safety as is Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Maryland and Michigan.

"Clemson was really nice," he said. "The perception is that Clemson is just a football town, but it's not. They have a lot of nice people there and they do a lot of other things. They have a lot of people there and they have a lot of fans so it's a place that you can love.

"I like it. I like the players and the coaches and it is a place that I feel like I can fit in."

Breeland, who said his final decision on school will be based on academics, was also impressed with Vickery Hall.

"I loved Vickery Hall too. I thought it was pretty neat," he said. "That's one of the things I'm looking at. I'm really going to look at the education before I pick my school."

When talking about the possibility of playing for a coach like Dabo Swinney, Breeland says he gets the feeling Swinney is a players' coach and would be great to play for.

"I think he is a good coach and would be a good father figure to have for a player," the Allendale star said. Top Stories