SC DE visiting Clemson Monday

Though an offer from Clemson hasn't been sent his way, one could be coming very soon to this in-state, class of 2011 defensive end who will be in Tigertown on Monday.

DE Roderick Byers Profile

Northwestern High School (Rock Hill) defensive Roderick Byers will be accompanied with his dad on Monday's trip. With offers from South Carolina, Maryland, Texas Tech and Wake Forest already to his name, Clemson could be next.

"They won't offer me until they see me. Hopefully everything works out with that," he recently told CUTigers.

Recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Jeff Scott is Byers' main recruiter at Clemson.

"I've been e-mailing him a lot lately. I've been talking to him a little bit, he's been asking when I'm coming…I talked to him and the d-end coach, coach (Chris) Rumph the week before last," Byers said. "It was pretty good. I didn't really know they were interested."

Byers has made two trips to Clemson—the first time was for the state championship game in Death Valley and the second for last fall's game against Boston College.

"I know a little bit about the school. My cousin went there, he tells me it's a great place and all that," he said.

"I've seen it a little bit, but I haven't really been able to go in-depth of what they really have to offer. That's something that I'm really looking forward to."

"I will say that Clemson is a school that I'm really high on." (
The only school that Byers has spent a lot of time at during his recruitment is South Carolina.

"It's going to be good seeing something new," he said.

Right now, he claims no favorites, though he's reported lists in the past.

"I'm giving everybody a chance," Byers said. "I don't want to miss out by saying this school and cut off any schools that I might like. Not right now, but I will (name favorites) shortly.

"I will say that Clemson is a school that I'm really high on."

He'll be looking at several areas that help determine what school he would like to sign with next February.

"They have to have my major. I was thinking about engineering and Clemson is a good school for that, also the location," Byers said."I've got to see the scheme, see what kind of defense they run—how aggressive they are, how conservative they are—see if I fit into the scheme they run. I've got to have a good relationship with the coaches—see what kind of people they are—get to know them a little bit.

"And also, I want to play for a team that wins. Everybody wants to be on a football team that wins." Top Stories