Timothy feels at home in Clemson

Thanks to Gifford Timothy's coach Mark DelPercio, Clemson's picked up its 18th commitment for 2010 earlier this week when Timothy gave the Tigers his word that he'll be playing football in orange and purple.

All the way from Middletown HS (DE), Timothy knew a little bit about Clemson when DelPercio met coach Andre Powell at a coaching clinic earlier this year.

"(DelPercio) gave (Powell) my tape and told him a little bit about me," Timothy said. "(Powell) contacted me in the spring, I think in May. Since then, I've been in contact with them."

During a visit to campus in July, he was able to get a better feel for the academics at Clemson.

"The academics are very structured and planned out," he said. "I was very impressed with that."

With a 3.5 GPA, Timothy is considering a few different options to major in once he arrives to Clemson, either sports medicine, kinesiology or physical therapy.

Seeing the facilities and meeting the coaching staff was a plus too, he said.

Although Timothy has never attended a game in Death Valley, the 82,000 plus that fill the stadium on Saturdays caught Timothy's interest.

"I think it's great to have a community like that behind you when you're playing football," he said.

The traditions of rubbing Howard's Rock and running down the hill proved to be selling points too.

Very interested in the history of the program, Timothy is "kind of into the history thing too.

"I'm excited about being a part of that."

On the field, he believes his strongest skill is pass blocking.

"I get off of the ball well. Getting off the ball and hitting people. One of my strongest skills is pass blocking," Timothy said. "As a left tackle, that's got to be one of your strongest points, to protect the quarterback. That and my get off and hitting people (are my strong points)."

Originally committed to BYU, he de-committed in the spring. Coaches at BYU wanted him to recommit or his scholarship would have been pulled. At that point, he was not ready to finalize the process. Timothy wanted to look at his other options. BYU pulled the offer.

A devout Mormon, he's yet to make a final decision about a mission trip, whether it's before or after college.

"I'm still kind of debating that at this time…I'm not sure personally, I'm still undecided about that," Timothy said.

For the mean time, he and his Middletown teammates are aiming for another run at a Delaware state title after falling the first round of last year's playoffs.

"That's a big deal for us," Timothy said. "We won my sophomore year. I started the entire season."

DelPercio believes Timothy is not only a standout on the field but also off the field.

"He's a great young man, a type of young man that there's never been an issue with—behavior, discipline any of that stuff," DelPercio said. "He's a quality young man. As a person he's outstanding.

"He's an outstanding student, teammate and classmate. He's the real deal in terms of a complete package."

At 6-6 280, Timothy is the biggest player DelPercio has ever coached.

With good feet and long arms, Timothy also possess a great work ethic.

"With that size and work ethic, you can't go wrong," DelPercio said. "Wherever he went and visited, that's why they offered. They saw his work ethic, they saw his size. You don't always get that work ethic with guys that size."

Timothy also had offers from Maryland, Virginia, Utah and Boise State. He also was hearing from Penn State.

A two star rated prospect, he's the No. 112 ranked offensive tackle in the country according to Scout.com.

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