Future Tiger Eyes Big Senior Year

Rod McDowell

Clemson verbal commitment Roderick McDowell goes on the record with CUTigers.com to discuss his senior season and his plans for early enrollment.

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5-9, 177 pound Clemson verbal commitment RB Roderick McDowell is starting to focus on his final season at Sumter High School.

"Yeah we've already started practice like everybody else," he told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "We've had two-a-days. It was hot. I was glad to get out there and practice again."

The three-star standout expects to be competing for a state championship later this year in Death Valley.

Keep in mind the state championship games this year will be played in Clemson's Memorial Stadium, instead of Columbia.

"It was great to get out there and be around my boys at practice again. I could smell a state championship. It would be great to play in Death Valley," said McDowell.

The Palmetto's top running back has not been to Clemson since earlier in the summer.

"I am just keeping busy here. There is a lot of stuff going on team-wise here in Sumter," said McDowell. "Me and my uncle are talking about coming up in a few weeks to watch practice."

Fellow Clemson commitment and good friend J.K. Jay has been keeping in touch with Rod since he went public with a verbal commitment.

"Yeah, we talk all the time. He is really the only one I have been talking to lately," said McDowell.

Some running back prospects might be concerned about the current running back talent assembled at Clemson, but the Sumter standout sees it as an advantage.

"Clemson has the best of the best. You got those two boys C.J. and James and the hype they have coming into the season," he said. "Clemson is known for running backs right now. It is nice to know I am one of the ones coming in for the future."

What are his goals for his senior season at Sumter?

"Basically I just want to have fun my senior year. I want us to win the region and then go onto the state championship. I want to play in Death Valley," replied McDowell.

The star running back is also trying to add a little weight, but he doesn't plan to lose a step in the process.

"I am adding a little weight. I am around 177 right now. I am keeping my speed," said McDowell.

Expect to see the future Tiger running back frequently this fall in Death Valley.

"I will be up there for all of the games. I can't wait," he added.

McDowell is one of two running backs currently committed to the Tigers in the 2009 recruiting class. He is currently ranked as the No. 45 running back in the nation according to Scout.com.

He finished his junior season with 1399 yards on 158 attempts and 21 touchdowns rushing with 28 total touchdowns.

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