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‘Rising Star’ DB from Michigan talks Clemson visit

Last Wednesday, a busload of prospects from Michigan visited Clemson as part of a tour group called the “Rising Stars”.

Among the up-and-coming recruits who saw Clemson for the first time was Farmington (Mich.) Harrison 2019 cornerback Roderick Heard.

“My visit to Clemson was great,” Heard told TCI. “We went on a tour of the football facilities, the weight room, locker room, the offices, the courtyard and cafeteria and also the film room.

“What stood out to me the most was just the fact of how much money is invested in their facilities, and all their views on academics and graduating.”

Heard (5-10, 160) has several offers in tow heading into his junior season. At The Opening in Chicago in April, he recorded a 4.27-second time in the 20-yard shuttle and 34.5-inch vertical leap.

Temple was first to offer Heard before his sophomore season. Akron, Army, Purdue and Syracuse joined the mix with offers this year, while Central Michigan, Iowa, Miami (Ohio), Michigan State and Toledo are showing interest.

“I feel they like my cover skills and how I am competing with high-level talent and balling while only being a sophomore,” Heard said of the school recruiting him.

The “Rising Stars” have also made stops at Louisville, Michigan, N.C. State and Vanderbilt among other schools during this month’s tour.

After experiencing Clemson and learning what it has to offer, Heard said the university’s high-quality blend of academics and athletics along with the football coaching staff stand out to him.

“First Clemson is an elite top-tier program. Also it’s in the top 25 public schools in its education,” Heard said. “They also take care of their players and do the best for them to graduate. The majority of their coaching staff has been there for a while now and they win.”

As a sophomore on varsity, Heard had 21 tackles, 11 passes defensed and seven pass breakups. On his school’s junior varsity squad, he tallied 38 tackles, five pass breakups and an interception while recording 685 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns.

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