Making the move

Making the move

SPARTANBURG - Jay Jay McCullough has gotten a sneak peak at what life will be like at Clemson during Shrine Bowl practice this week.

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The No. 50 tight end in the class of 2012 spent most of his high school career playing running back and wide receiver.

For the South Carolina team in Saturday's Shrine Bowl, McCullough will play tight end and fullback.

"The tight end has been the biggest adjustment," he told CUTigers.com earlier this week. "Just blocking on the line, I'm not used to blocking big defensive ends. I'm used to blocking linebackers and DBs. I'm starting to get a great feel for it. I'm enjoying it."

He added, "It's a good thing to let me work at it now, to get the feel of it, get used to it."

It was quite an adjustment for the 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior from Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill.

"The first practice it was tough. I got chewed at a couple of times, not doing what I was supposed to do," McCullough said. "I just listened to them, being coachable and doing what I'm supposed to do."

When McCullough arrives to Clemson next summer, he'll play 3-back, a hybrid tight end/fullback/running back position.

"Dwayne Allen might be going to the NFL next year, so they want to get me in there playing as a freshman, playing early," McCullough said.

Early playing time at Clemson was part of the appeal.

"I don't know about starting, but I'll be in there playing my freshman year," he said.

McCullough is one of several Clemson commitments playing in the 75th annual all-star game.

"I'm having fun with them. It's the first-time I get to spend a whole week with them," he said. "I'm only getting more comfortable with them, getting used to them. They're good players, too."

Clemson wide receiver coach Jeff Scott, his primary recruiter for the Tigers, remains in regular contact.

"I talk to him every week," McCullough said. "Either I call him or he calls me. We just catch up on some things, see how I'm doing in the class room. He just tells me how the football team is looking, tells me that they need me to get ready and get in there next year."

McCullough caught 37 passes for 492 yards and five scores. He also rushed for 113 yards.

As a junior, he rushed 80 times for almost 600 yards and hauled in 30 catches for close to 300 yards. McCullough also scored 15 total touchdowns.

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