The next big thing

ATLANTA - CUTigers caught up with Vic Beasley at the Scout Showcase in Duluth, Ga. on Sunday to see what's up with the future Clemson tight end.

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Though the Adairsville High School (Ga.) senior and future Clemson Tiger is listed as the No. 36 outside linebacker, he told CUTigers he's headed to Clemson to play tight end.

At his commitment announcement in August, with the choice left to him, Beasley claimed that he would rather play on offense, but later said he didn't have a preference.

"I think I'm going to stick with the offensive side of the ball. I think that's where they need me the most," he said. "I just want to go out there and give it my best. If I get redshirted, I'm just going to let it be. I just want to be a part of the Clemson football team, and be a part of that family."

This winter Beasley decided against playing basketball so he could focus more on lifting weights with his teammates.

"I think I can work on my speed a little bit more and improve my footwork," Beasley said.

Upon his arrival, he'll enroll in two summer school courses at Clemson.

"It's going to be a great experience, so I'm just looking forward to it," Beasley said.

And of course, he's all set to sign the Clemson letter of intent Wednesday, but still hears people asking him why he's not going to Auburn or Alabama. Clemson was picked over the Crimson Tide and Auburn even though both programs had Beasley in for unofficial visits this fall. He never did officially visit the Plains, where his dad played football.

The father and son sat down and talked about looking at Auburn after committing to Clemson.

"He just told me he wanted me to be happy," Beasley said.

Signing on Wednesday makes a longtime dream come true. He modestly understands that he's setting a good example for his family, friends and other Adairsville athletes and students.

"It can let them know that they can be whatever they want to be," he said.

As for everyone who questions his decision, he tells them all the same thing.

"Clemson was the place for me and that's where I felt at home," Beasley said.

Widely viewed as one of the more underrated prospects in this year's class, don't be surprised if Beasley sees immediate playing time next season.

Especially with the losses of Michael Palmer, Clemson's first-team All-ACC tight end, and senior Durrell Barry- there should be plenty of opportunities for early playing time. Top Stories