NORCROSS, Ga. — Greater Atlanta Christian School star Kyler McMichael was exhausted by the end of his team’s 28-22 loss to Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) on Friday night at Spartans Sports Complex.
The four-star Clemson commitment did all he could for the Spartans and flashed his talent as he played on both sides of the ball at cornerback and running back while serving as a kickoff returner.
The Clemson Insider was on location for the contest to watch McMichael as part of our Tour of Champions series and caught up with him afterward.
“It’s an adjustment,” McMichael said of playing both ways. “It’s something I started doing last year, so I just made sure I got myself in shape for it, and I’m getting better with it. Just got to go through with it. It’s something I need to do.”
McMichael’s commitment status had been the subject of some speculation recently as he was still in communication with schools such as Alabama and Auburn since he pledged to Clemson in late June.
However, McMichael quieted any questions about his commitment last weekend when he turned down an invitation to Alabama’s game against Florida State near his home in Atlanta and elected to attend Clemson’s season opener against Kent State instead.
Furthermore, he will be back in Death Valley for the Tigers’ top-15 matchup against Auburn on Saturday night.
“It was a great visit just being able to get up there with all the coaches, players,” McMichael said of last Saturday’s visit. “It was a great win, as well. So, I love Clemson, can’t wait to get up for this weekend.”
McMichael admitted that the aformentioned schools are still coming after him but made it clear where he stands with Clemson.
“I hear from them a lot, but I’m committed,” McMichael said. “I let the coaches know that, so I’m just going from there.”
McMichael has developed strong relationships with Clemson’s staff and continues to build upon those bonds.
“I have a great relationship with coach (Mike) Reid,” he said. “I’ve been reaching out to him, coach (Brent Venables) Venables and Dabo (Swinney), so our relationship is building and they’re great people.”
What is McMichael hearing from the Tigers?
“Just right now, of course talking about daily life,” he said. “Just talking about how he plans on playing me, just all the things I’ll be getting used to once I get up there.”
McMichael is solid on his pledge and excited to be a part of what is poised to be a historically good 2018 class for Clemson.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” McMichael said. “It’s a great class. Just want to get up there and win some championships.”