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CLEMSON - If there's one signee in Clemson's 2009 recruiting class that should be in position for early playing time this coming season, it has to be this guy.

After all, he was a four-star prospect in's national rankings and he also arrived on campus at a major position of need earlier this summer as a safety.

He's Jonathan Meeks, now a full year removed from high school and hoping to make a contribution this year in Clemson's defensive backfield.

"I came here to play as a true freshman. If it happens, it happens. I'll do whatever the coaches tell me to do because I know they have my best interest in mind with their decisions," Meeks said.

Of course, the good news for Meeks is there's an opportunity for playing time now that three-year starters Mike Hamlin and Chris Clemons are playing for the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins respectively.

But even then, Meeks says he's aware of what the current depth chart looks like, and he knows there is plenty of work to be done if he's going to play this coming season.

"We have some great safeties right now," he said. "I know that but at the same time I still have a feeling that I can get some playing time if I do what the coaches ask me."

While the Tigers have found their starter at strong safety in DeAndre McDaniel, free safety remains more of a question mark as converted linebacker/running back Sadat Chambers is listed as the current starter. There are also depth issues as neither position has a backup with actual game day experience.

Meeks, who is going through offseason workouts at 203 pounds and looks more like a strong safety, says he'll do whatever it takes to get on the field- at either position.

"I'm going to do whatever is asked of me," he said. "That's my plan and we'll see happens. I came here hoping to see the field early so we'll see if it plays out that way."

And as far as the overall transition from Hargrave to Clemson goes ... well it's been a bigger adjustment than he expected.

"It's a lot harder," he said. "I thought Hargrave was going to be as tough as it gets out of high school, but it's harder here at Clemson. The conditioning and the guys you are working with are doing things so much faster and better.

"It's good to be around because you know you have be better than you ever have been before." Top Stories