By Keith McGonigle.
With the high school and college seasons coming to an end, the focus will soon solely be on recruiting and bringing in new talent. One place that Clemson may have to fill some big holes in the coming years is the defensive tackle spot. Clemson currently has five upper classman defensive tackles on their roster. Fortunately the Tigers have four defensive tackle verbally committed to the 2011 class. One of those commits is standout lineman Grady Jarrett, who has kept in contact with the Clemson coaches for most of the year,
“I talk to Coach Rumph at least once a week, he just tells me not to pay attention to all the recruiting stuff, and that I am the most underrated recruit coming in. He wants me to come in and take full advantage of my opportunities and try to help out early.”
Why was Grady, who dominated at in high school, rated poorly by many of the recruiting sites?
“Honestly I don’t know. In 10th grade I did the Army combine and didn’t do that well. I have improved a lot since then. They have me listed at a 5.3 in the 40 yard dash; I’m probably down to a high 4.9 or 5 flat. I can bench 375 or 380 right now, and squat around 525.”
Has Grady been in contact with any other Clemson commits?
“Yeah, I’m good friends with Marlin Lane, DeShawn Williams, and Cortez Davis. I look at the guys we have coming in and I really want to turn it around. I think we could possibly go for a national title. Coach Swinney was telling me when I was in his office, that this is really his first recruiting class coming in and he is really excited.”
How did the high school season go?
“The season went pretty good, we didn’t make it to the playoffs though. It was sad leaving high school football but I am glad I get the opportunity to move on and play at the college level. Some of my other teammates don’t have that opportunity.”
The 6’1 ½” 280 lbs. defensive tackle went up against a lot of option team this year, but was still able to put up good statistics, “I haven’t gotten my stats, but I probably got around 10 ½ sacks, 20 tackles for loss and 97 tackles.”
Grady’s focus now shifts to wrestling, where he is currently ranked #1 in Division 4A.