Fort Mill ATH Jay Jay McCullough commits to Clemson

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The Clemson coaching staff picked up commitment No. 15 for the 2012 recruiting class when 3-star athlete Jay Jay McCullough Jay Jay McCullough
Running Back
6-4, 235
Fort Mill, SC

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gave his verbal Thursday.

McCullough, projected to be a tight end/H-back at Clemson, is out of Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill, and his school is in Travelers Rest today for a scrimmage, but McCullough came up early to give the coaching staff the good news.

McCullough made the trip to Clemson with his mother and his sister, and gave his verbal commitment to head coach Dabo Swinney in Swinney’s office.

"It felt like family there and their offense fits me the best," McCullough told ESPN's Jamie Newberg. "I will be playing everything -- running back, H-back, in the slot. It's kind of like what Percy Harvin did at Florida. That's gets me excited, to play in that kind of offense. It's what I do now, run and catch the ball for my high school team."

His coach at Nation Ford, Michael Allen, told TigerNet that Clemson is getting a superior athlete in the 6-5, 230-pounder.

“His speed is something for a man who is 6-foot-5 (4.5 40-yard dash),” Allen said. “To have that size to be able to move in space like that is a pretty good advantage to have for an athlete. That is the number one things. But you can’t negate that size, either, because size is critical when you are playing at the next level.”

As a junior, he carried the ball 80 times for over 600 yards and 14 touchdowns, and he caught 35 passes for 300 yards and six touchdowns. As a result, he drew offers from Duke, Kentucky, Miami (Fla.) and South Carolina.

Allen said that he knew he had a special player when McCullough was a freshman.

“I knew he had that kind of potential back then,” he said. “I have been through a lot of athletes in 26 years, and I haven’t been around one with that kind of size and speed. I told him then that he could go as far as he wanted to go. Of course, he is still a young man and he is still growing and still acquiring those skills. He is only going to get better.”

2012   F O O T B A L L  C O M M I T S (15)
NamePOSHt/WtHometownESPN Rank
Recruit PhotoJavarius LeamonOL6-6/295Woodruff, SC
Recruit PhotoTravis BlanksDB6-1/180Tallahassee, FL
Recruit PhotoPatrick DeStefanoOL6-4/275Roebuck, SC
Recruit PhotoGermone HopperATH6-0/175Charlotte, NC
Recruit PhotoJay GuillermoOL6-3/285Maryville, TN
Recruit PhotoShaquille LawsonDE6-4/240Central, SC
Recruit PhotoChad KellyQB6-3/205Buffalo, NY
Recruit PhotoZac BrooksATH6-2/180Jonesboro, AR
Recruit PhotoCordrea TankersleyDB6-2/195Aiken, SC
Recruit PhotoOliver JonesOL6-7/285Ninety Six, SC
Recruit PhotoT.J. BurrellLB6-1/205Goose Creek, SC
Recruit PhotoMartin AikenDE6-3/250Bamberg, SC
Recruit PhotoRonnie GeohaghanS6-0/185Fairfax, SC
Recruit PhotoBradley PinionP/PK6-6/220Concord, NC
Recruit PhotoJay Jay McCulloughRB/TE6-4/235Fort Mill, SC

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