Riverside defensive lineman says he is "All In"
CLEMSON – Riverside’s Kevin Dodd took part in the festivities of Tiger Walk, and then went upstairs to the WestZone with his mind made up: he was going to be a Clemson Tiger.
The 6-5, 277-pounder out of Greer then marched into head coach Dabo Swinney’s office and told Swinney he was "All In" and wanted to become the 20th commitment in Clemson’s 2011 recruiting class.
The wheels were set in motion earlier this week, on Tuesday, when recruiter Andre Powell called Dodd and told him that Swinney wanted to talk to him as soon as possible. When the two connected, Swinney made the offer. That offer became the commitment before the game.
“I walked in there and told I was ready to be All In,” Dodd told TigerNet on Sunday. “This was kind of like a wake-up call for me, because I had been wanting this since Day One. I had been telling myself that the first chance I get, I am going to take it. I already had my mind set.”
Dodd is just in his third season of football but had 81 tackles and five sacks as a junior. This season, he has nine sacks.
Dodd said he already feels like a part of the Clemson family.
“The coaches, they treat me like family already, and I like that,” he said. “I pretty much wanted to stay close to home, and close to my family. Plus, I like the way Clemson coaches their defensive linemen. I would love to be like Da’Quan Bowers, because he goes hard on every play.”
Dodd has some work to do academically but does have a chance to qualify. If he doesn't qualify, he'll spend a year in prep school before attending Clemson.
2011 Football Commitments
Shaq Anthony OL 6-5 260 Piedmont, SC (Wren HS)
Isaiah Battle OL 6-7 260 St George, Virginia (Blue Ridge HS)
Mike Bellamy RB 5-10 180 Punta Gorda, FL (Charlotte HS)
Martavis Bryant WR 6-3 195 Hargrave Military Academy
Corey Crawford DE 6-5 275 Hargrave Military Academy
Cortez Davis DB 6-3 200 Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland HS)
Kevin Dodd DL 6-5 270 Greer, SC (Riverside HS)
B.J. Goodson LB 6-1 215 Lamar, SC (Lamar HS)
Joe Gore DE 6-6 262 Lake Waccamaw, NC (East Columbus HS)
Adam Humphries WR 5-11 176 Roebuck, SC (Dorman HS)
Grady Jarrett DL 6-1 280 Conyers, GA (Rockdale County HS)
Marlin Lane RB 6-1 190 Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland HS)
Eric MacLain TE 6-5 245 Fayetteville, NC Jack (Britt HS)
Jerome Maybank DT 6-4 310 Pawley's Island (Waccamaw HS)
Tony McNeal QB 6-1 180 Chester, SC (Chester, HS)
Ryan Norton OL 6-4 275 Mauldin, SC (Mauldin HS)
Charone Peake WR 6-3 200 Spartanburg, SC (Dorman HS)
Robert Smith ATH 6-0 180 Ft Dorchester, SC (Woodland HS)
Colton Walls LB 6-2 230 Charlotte, NC (Latin HS)
DeShawn Williams DT 6-0 280 Central, SC (Daniel HS)