With a wealth of high-profile stars in Clemson’s 2018 recruiting class, it can be easy for a signee such as Kyler McMichael to get a bit overshadowed.
However, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is not overlooking McMichael.
Swinney believes the four-star cornerback from Atlanta will be a special player for the Tigers in the future.
“He’s going to be a great one,” Swinney said.
McMichael doesn’t say a whole lot or draw attention to himself off the field. On the field, he quietly lets his play do the talking for him, and his play at the high school level spoke volumes about his potential.
Ranked as a national top-100 overall signee by all three major recruiting services, McMichael played both running back and defensive back at Greater Atlanta Christian School. His talent was on full display in his last two seasons, when he totaled 3,585 all-purpose yards and 42 total touchdowns.
As a senior, McMichael rushed for 1,483 yards on 128 carries — an 11.6 average — and 24 touchdowns. He had a streak of eight straight games with multiple touchdowns during the season, while he recorded at least 100 yards in each of his last five games and eight of the 14 games in 2017.
McMichael had opportunities to play running back and/or defensive back in college. He choose to be a cornerback at Clemson over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Georgia among others.
“Kyler McMichael is the epitome of dynamic,” Swinney said. “He could be a Division I running back or a Division I DB, and he wants to play corner.
“This kid is physically developed. He’s fast, he’s physical.”
McMichael will arrive to Clemson this summer ready to play from a physical standpoint at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. How quickly McMichael is able to grasp the mental aspect, absorb the playbook and learn Clemson’s scheme will go a long way in determining how quickly he sees the field in college.
McMichael’s father played college football at Eastern Michigan, so McMichael enters Clemson with a good understanding of the game.
“He’s very smart,” Swinney said. “His dad was a college player, and I just think he has such a bright future.”
Clemson cornerbacks coach Mike Reed is likewise excited about what McMichael will bring to the table for the Tigers.
“He’s a dynamic young man,” Reed said recently. “He is fast, explosive, physical. Great football instincts. I’m looking forward to coaching him.”
McMichael committed to Clemson last June before signing in December. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Game in January.
Both Rivals and 247Sports rank McMichael as the No. 8 cornerback in the nation coming out of high school.