Quick Hits with C.J. Spiller

C.J. Spiller

Incoming freshman running back will likely see the field in the season opener against Fla. Atlantic.

RB C.J. Spiller
5-10/185/4.4
Union County High School
Lake Butler, Florida

STATS: 176 carries for 1,840 yards as a senior, an average of 10.5 yards per carry...scored 30 rushing touchdowns and had one on a kickoff return...added 15 catches for 249 yards...for his career, had 541 carries for 5,511 yards, an average of 10.2 yards per rush...scored 93 total touchdowns, including 85 rushing, three receiving, three on kickoff returns and two on punt returns...as a junior, rushed for 1,415 yards and 20 touchdowns.

CHOSE CLEMSON OVER: Southern Cal, Miami, FSU and Florida.

STRENGTH: Definition of explosive. Good patience in traffic but explodes through when he sees an opening. Plays the game very unselfishly and will lead block and pass protect in addition to duties carrying the ball. Weapon on special teams as a return man.

INTERESTING TIDBIT: Spiller is the first Parade All-American running back to come to Clemson since Rudy Harris in 1989.

HE SAID IT: "I'm fast. I have great speed and vision. I'm really tough, too. People compare me to Clinton Portis because I hit the holes hard and can explode like he does," said Spiller. "I want to improve the mental aspects of my game and have better preparation. I also need to get bigger so I can break more tackles and be more physical."

WHY CLEMSON? "I just prayed to God before I went out and made my announcement. I just followed my heart. Clemson was the place where I want to play. I wanted to go and play for a great coach - Coach Bowden. They are very committed to the program. I'm just excited about getting up there. It was very hard for me to walk away from the state of Florida, but I had to do what was best for me, and Clemson was the place I wanted to play. When I went on my visit on the 13th, I was the only recruit in town, and I just felt so comfortable with the place. I talked to my mom after the visit and she told me to look into it more deeply, and it just went from there."

HS COACH SAYS: "Everybody in the community has a C.J. story to tell," Union County head coach Buddy Nobles said. "Everybody loves him…It's like he belongs to us all. His faith is the most important thing in his life, and he just went where he felt God was leading him. We can talk about things like football, and they're not all that important in the long run. But when we talk about going where God leads you and going where your faith can grow, that's about all the right things."

COACH BLACKWELL SAYS: "Dabo obviously did a tremendous job recruiting him. Really about a week before signing day we felt like we had a great shot at him. As Dabo got more confident, as Coach Bowden got more confident, after discussions with him and his family and his coaches, we really felt comfortable starting to fall off some people. In this case it worked out for us. It was a nice way to finish this class."

TOMMY BOWDEN SAYS: "He likes No. 28. 28 wasn't available at Florida State. There are a lot of things he liked about Clemson."


Spiller at the Orange & White game.

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