Tigers offer athletic 2013 defensive end

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The Clemson coaching staff continues to plan for the future, and added another offer to a 2013 prospect when they offered DE/OT Isaac Rochell Isaac Rochell
Defensive End
6-5, 240
McDonough, GA

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of Eagle’s Landing Christian {McDonough, Ga.) last week.

Rochell is a 6-5, 240-pounder who also holds offers from Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Kentucky, Boston College, Ole Miss, Miss. St., Kentucky, Troy and Vanderbilt, and he says the offers are proof that hard work pays off.

“This is really exciting, to be getting all of these offers,” Rochell told TigerNet. “I have always been an athletic person, and I’ve always played sports, and it looks like all the hard work is starting to come to fruition. Everything is starting to come together.”

Rochell said that Tiger defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and defensive ends coach Marion Hobby were in town late last week to watch him practice.

“Coach Hobby was in with Coach Steele, and they offered me last week,” he said. “They came to my practice, and they stayed a long time and watched me practice. After practice, I found out that they had informed one of my coaches that they were offering.”

He said he is no stranger to Clemson.

“I have been to Clemson for a basketball game, so I know it is really nice,” he said. “I love the campus, and I like how the whole city is built around the campus. Also, I know they have a great track record with defensive linemen, and that is a big deal to me. They send someone to the NFL almost every year. Whether or not that could be me going pro – I don’t know. But that is still exciting.”

Isaac said he gets his size from both sides of the family – his dad Steve is 6-7 and played basketball at Texas A&M, and his mother is just shy of six foot – so he feels like he still has room to grow.

“There is no doubt that I will keep growing,” he said. “My mom didn’t play sports – she is just really smart. But my dad played basketball back in the day, and he was a pretty good post player, so that is where I get a lot of my athletic ability from.”

Rochell said the Tigers are near of the top of his for a number of reasons.

“I really like the ACC,” he said. “I want to go somewhere where I can use my speed at defensive end. I can run a 4.6 40-yard dash, and I feel like my speed is my best asset. I want to go to a school that fits how I play. I have an offer from South Carolina, but that is as an offensive tackle. I am not saying I would never do that, but I really want to play defense.”

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