SC RB Eyes Early Enrollment

Rod McDowell

Clemson verbal commit Rod McDowell would like to enroll at Clemson in just a few months. How is his senior season going? CUTigers.com has the latest on the state's top running back in this recruiting update.

RB Rod McDowell Profile

5-10, 175 pound running back Rod McDowell has helped Sumter get off to a good start for the 2008 season.

"Our first two games we did well even though we had some minor mistakes," he told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "Our offensive line opened up some big holes for me and the quarterback. Last week we lost by two. It gave us a wakeup call. Now we know we can be beat. I feel we will play well this Friday."

The Palmetto state's top running back also said he plans to be in Death Valley this weekend.

"I got off work this weekend so I can go see my boys play. I will also probably be up for the Maryland game," said McDowell.

The future Tiger running back has been keeping in touch with one of his future teammates that will share carries with him.

"I have been talking a lot with Ben [Axon]," he said. "Even though we come from different states he is like my other brother. We can't wait to get to Clemson and have fun. We are going to show people the ACC still has it. We will show the fans that even though C.J. and James have left that we can still be great."

Speaking of Spiller, McDowell has been very impressed with C.J. Spiller's play this season.

"There are no words to describe how C.J. is doing this year. When you watch it you are shocked at how he plays," said McDowell.

Thunder and Lightning may not be gone from Tigertown after this season according to Rod.

"If I work hard I can do some things. I know I will be coached well at Clemson. I want to show people that Thunder and Lightning will still be there," said McDowell.

J.K. Jay is another future teammate that keeps in touch with the Sumter standout.

"Me and J.K. keep in touch no matter what. One thing I love about Clemson is that it is like a brotherhood," he said. "We all keep in touch. I also keep in touch with Goodman. We play him the week after homecoming. We will have fun playing out there as two Tiger brothers."

Only one thing will keep the Palmetto standout from enrolling early at Clemson.

"I took my ACT test on Saturday. If my score comes back good I am in. My grades are wonderful. I am just waiting for my ACT score. If I get that I am going to be in Tigertown in January," he added.

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