2010 signee will go the JUCO route

One of Clemson's 2010 signees on the defensive side of the ball reveals his summer and fall plans to CUTigers.com.

LB Ricky Chaney Profile

Ricky Chaney (Battery Creek) will be heading to Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) shortly after graduating from Battery Creek High School in June.

The fifth commitment to join the 2010 recruiting class told CUTigers Wednesday afternoon he would take the junior college route before enrolling in Clemson.

"I'm going to have to go there for a year first before I go to Clemson," Chaney said.

In fact, the day he graduates high school, June 8, he'll leave for Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.

"I really haven't had a chance to go out there yet," Chaney said. "When I was playing in the North-South game, the head coach there came to see me play. He was talking to me about it then."

Rated by Scout.com as a three-star outside linebacker, he plans to improve himself both on and off the field while in Kansas.

"I want to get better so I can get back to Clemson. It really was disappointing," Chaney said. "Once I get back to Clemson, it's all good."

Unsure what his academic schedule will be like at Hutchinson since it will all be set upon his arrival, Chaney will start taking classes in June, not long after he arrives.

On the field, he's going to be playing strong safety and maybe some at free.

"The one thing I'm really looking forward to improving are my ball skills. I've got speed, I know that. I just want to improve my ball skills a little bit," Chaney said.

He and the Battery Creek track team will be competing in the region track meet on Thursday. Chaney will be competing in the 100, 200, 4x100 and the 4x400.

Chaney, who was recruited by Clemson defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks, is the first confirmed 2010 signee not expected to make it to Clemson on time.

Chaney was ranked as the No. 73 outside linebacker in the country for the class of 2010 according to Scout.com.

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