Tigers' Diomande in the Rough Ready To Contribute
Christopher Columbus High (Miami, Fla.)
6'2", 190 pounds.
Andrew Diomande found himself in the right place at the right time.
With Clemson already strong at the wide receiver position and bringing in
a handful of talented prospects as well, it seemed that Diomande was
destined to sign a letter of intent to play at Auburn University.
On National Signing Day, however, Mike McIntosh, a highly recruited
receiver from Jacksonville who was getting ready to sign with the Tigers,
changed his mind and signed with the University of Florida.
Within days, Diomande took advantage of the opportunity and signed
with Clemson. The nephew of former Florida State All-American Andre Wadsworth
was excited to get the chance to play for the Tigers,
and four months later is even more ready to start his college football
"I am very excited," Diomande said. "I will be at Clemson in three
weeks to attend summer school. I want to get a feel for college life for
when everything starts up in August."
With McIntosh choosing Florida and a handful of receivers from last
year's team having graduated or in the NFL, Diomande, who has qualified
academically, could have a chance to make an immediate impact for the
"He is an athletic receiver who had a nice senior season after transferring,” said Tiger Source Recruiting Editor Mickey Plyler. “He comes from good bloodlines and his high school coaches love his work ethic."
Regardless of the playing time he gets, Diomande feels Clemson
could have a stong season.
"With Charlie Whitehurst back again and a very good offense, I think
we will do very well."
Wide Receiver Breakdown
* - red-shirted
Diomande, 6-1, 185, had 41 receptions for 685 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2003 for head coach Chris Merritt. He helped Christopher Columbus High to the state playoffs and a 7-4 final record. The nephew of former Florida State All-American Andre Wadsworth was an All-Dade County selection last year.
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