UP NEXT: 2011 UCHS DE Desmond Floyd

Desmond Floyd is the latest player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series. In fact the 6'5 227 lb. DE could be the next big thing out of the Palmetto State. The Union County High standout sat down with SCPrepNation.com for an interview and we bring you the inside scoop. Look for Floyd to make a major impact in our next player rankings re-release as a pair of ACC schools are already in the mix.

Desmond Floyd Profile

Union County High School has produced tremendous athletes throughout the years. Think back to guys like Roscoe Crosby on the football field and brothers Trevor and Devin Booker on the hardwood. Those guys all landed at Clemson University. The Tigers are already in the mix for what very well could be the next big timer from Union County High in 2011 DE Desmond Floyd.

At 6'5 227 pounds Floyd has a frame that is well suited for the next level and he uses that size and athleticism to disrupt opposing offenses every time he steps out on the field. We caught up with Floyd to talk about his recruitment in the early going as we expect things to blow up rather quickly for the Yellow Jacket.

Still relatively new to the recruiting world only two schools have shown Floyd interest thus far. "Clemson and Duke. Clemson is showing me the most interest between them right now."

Asked about an early list of favorites Floyd says it's Clemson, Duke, and South Carolina. There are some schools out there that Floyd would like to hear from in the very near future though and he shared those schools with us.

"I'd like to hear from Miami, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Florida State, and Alabama."

Floyd has already visited the in-state Tigers and says he really enjoyed the atmosphere that Clemson provides.

This past season Floyd had a huge effort on the gridiron. Some of the numbers that really stand out are his 17.5 sacks and 26.5 tackles for loss.

Reflecting back on his junior season though one game in particular stands out in his mind.

"My best game was against Chapin in the 1st round of the playoffs. I had 7 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery."

This season Floyd and the Yellow Jackets saw some tough competition and he talked about which schools and players he felt were his stiffest competitors. "Gaffney was the toughest team, they had a big offensive line and a mobile QB (DeEdward Burris) that could throw the ball. Overall though Kalon Davis from Chester was probably the toughest player I faced. He is very big, stong, and had really long arms."

Floyd continues to work on his craft and he knows where his bread and butter is right now. "My speed, overall athelticism at defensive end and my pass rushing skills are my biggest strengths."

This offseason he says he'll work hard on improving his explosiveness off the ball and just getting stronger in general to continue his improvement.

While Floyd obviously has a bright future on the football field he has worked just as hard in the classroom too. With a whopping 4.02 GPA Floyd was recently named to the Spartanburg Herald Journal's All Academic and All-Area Teams. He reports a 970 on the SAT as well and plans to take it again to improve his score even further.

He was also named an All-Region selection this year and was named the team's top defensive linemen last year. Floyd also shines on the basketball court as well as he was named to All-Region team last season as well as the SHJ's Player of The Week once too.

Check out Floyd's junior season highlights by clicking on his profile page and below you can check out some of the Union County standout's numbers and fun facts below.

Bench press: 250 pounds
Squat: 325 pounds
Power clean: 285 pounds
Vertical: 28"

Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite subject in school: Math
Favorite music artist: Kirk Franklin
Favorite football player: Dwight Freeney
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: play basketball
Dream school: Miami
If I could meet any 3 people it'd be...: Dwight Freeney, Lebron James, Dwight Howard

Desmond Floyd

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