The summer recruiting season is in full-swing. Unfortunately, real, live college football is still several months away.
With that in mind, TheClemsonInsider is taking a look back at the recruitment of each returning player on the Clemson roster.
LB Dorian O’Daniel, Olney, Md. – Redshirt Sophomore
O’Daniel’s first visit to Clemson was in March of 2012 for junior day. He was joined by teammate Kendall Fuller, who went on to sign with Virginia Tech.
Clemson immediately vaulted to the top of O’Daniel’s list after the visit. Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina and Ohio State received consideration before he returned a month later for the spring game.
Not long after the Orange and White game wrapped up, O’Daniel committed to Clemson.
“I got that good feeling. I realized this was where I needed to be. I’ve been to a couple of schools and didn’t get that same feeling I got from Clemson. Deep down in my heart I knew it was the place to be.”
Before taking over as the defensive coordinator at Clemson, Brent Venables recruited O’Daniel to Oklahoma. He, of course, continued to do so after arriving to Tigertown in January of 2012.
For Clemson, wide receivers coach Jeff Scott served as O’Daniel’s lead recruiter.
The Army All-American never wavered from his pledge to sign with Clemson.
Scout, Rivals, 247 and ESPN all rated O’Daniel as a four-star prospect. Rivals ranked him as the No. 106 overall player in the class of 2013.