McKissic Ready for Great Career at Clemson


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Jacquez McKissic

Defensive end

Opelika High School (Opelika, Ala.)

6'7", 280 lbs.



Like most high school football players, Jacquez McKissic felt the
pressure of having to choose which college he was going to continue his
career. With schools such as Clemson, N.C. State, Auburn,
Mississippi State, Auburn, Louisville, Iowa, Illinois, and Southern Miss all
offering scholarships, McKissic knew it would be difficult to choose which
place was best for him.



But unlike most players, McKissic didn't use National Signing Day to
make his decision. Finally feeling that he knew where he was meant to
go, McKissic announced last week that he had chosen Clemson.


"It just felt like the right place for me, and I just have a feeling that I am
going to have a great career at Clemson," McKissic said. "I like the
campus, and when I went to visit in early January, I really felt like one of
the guys."


McKissic had a stellar senior year at Opelika, making the all-state
team with 51 tackles and ten assists. He feels like he can make an
immeadiate impact at Clemson, but realizes he will have to prove himself
first.


"One of the big factors in me choosing Clemson was playing time,"
McKissic said. "There is only a slight chance that I could start, but the
coaches have told me that if I come in and work hard, I could see a lot of
playing time."


McKissic, who was a teammate with fellow Clemson recruit Adrian
Kinard at Opelika, has yet to qualify academically, but says it's a problem
that will be taken care of.


"This semester, I have to make two Bs and one A to qualify, and I will
most definitely do it."


2004 Signees


#1 OL Taylor Tremel (6-4, 260, 5.0) Lake Mary, FL

#2 WR Aaron Kelly (6-5, 174) Marietta, GA

#3 DB Brandon Croley (6-0, 180) Jacksonville, FL

#4 OL Bobby Hutchinson (6-4, 270, 5.1) Greenville, FL

#5 OL Tony Willis (6-6, 305, 5.3) Highland Springs, VA

#6 DB Adrian Kindred (6-2, 198) Opelika, AL

#7 DL Elsmore Gabriel (6-4, 250, 4.89) Brooklyn, NY

#8 ATH Phillip Morris (6-3, 192) Timmonsville, SC

#9 QB Cullen Harper (6-3, 200, 4.8) Alpharetta, GA

#10 DL Dorell Scott (6-4, 295) Columbia, SC

#11 DB Chris Clemons (6-1, 180) Arcadia, FL

#12 QB Tribble Reese (6-3, 190) Birmingham, AL

#13 ATH La'Donte Harris (6-0, 180, 4.5) Gadsden, AL

#14 TE Akeem Robinson (6-5, 259) Miami, FL

#15 TE/DE Xavier Littleberry (6-6, 240) Camden Military

#16 TE Phillip Merling (6-5 255, 4.7) Cordova, TN

#17 DB Michael Hamlin (6-2, 184) Lamar, SC

#18 OL Barry Richardson (6-7, 330) Mt Pleasant, SC

#19 LB Courtney Vincent (6-1, 220) Allendale, SC

#20 DT Rashaad Jackson (6-4, 290) Union, SC

#21 OL Cory Lambert (6-7, 290, 5.0) Greenville, SC

#22 LB Alex Pearson (6-2 240, 4.7) Greenville, SC

#23 ATH Durrell Barry (6-5, 245) Summerville, SC

#24 DT Corey Groover (6-3, 282) Summit, MS (SW Miss JUCO)

#25 WR Andrew Diomande (6-2, 190) Miami, FL

#26 DE Jacquez McKissic (6-7, 263) Opelika, AL

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