Tony McDaniel Commits to the Tigers


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Tony McDaniel had 16 sacks this season.

CLEMSON -- On his birthday, defensive lineman Tony McDaniel (6-7 275) decided to give himself a present and commit to Clemson. The Keenan High School senior selected the Tigers over Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. He is ranked as the No. 6 prospect overall in the state of South Carolina by Mickey Plyler, and the No. 1 defensive lineman.


"Clemson had a lot to offer academically and athletically," said McDaniel. "I really liked their weight room. I think Clemson is going to be a very good home to me the next four or five years."


Last season McDaniel had 97 tackles and 16 sacks and was selected to the Shrine Bowl.


"Mostly when I line up, they ran the ball the opposite way," said McDaniel. "When they passed it, I was back there a lot so I had 16 sacks."


McDaniel visited Clemson on January 10th and was leaning to the Tigers after that visit. This past weekend he visited Tennessee and he plans on canceling a trip he has scheduled to Georgia.


"I plan on coming to Clemson and making a lot of things happen on defense," said McDaniel.


McDaniel also runs track and play on the basketball team. McDaniel was recruited by Clemson assistant Brad Scott.


2003 Reported Commitments

1 QB C.J. Gaddis 6-1, 197 Raeford, NC

2 K Jad Dean 5-11, 190 Greenwood, SC

3 OL Clint LaTray 6-3, 265 Allen, TX

4 OL Marion Dukes 6-4, 290 Pickens, SC

5 OL Brandon Pilgrim 6-5, 270 Lilburn, GA

6 ATH Sergio Gilliam 6-3, 175 Greer, SC

7 OL Christian Capote 6-5, 291 Miami

8 WR Chris Jefferson 6-2 170 Morganton, NC

9 RB Brandon Nolen 5-11 190 Old Bridge, NJ

10 DB Brian Staley 5-10 185 Georgia Military JC

11 LB Nick Watkins 6-2 215 New Orleans, LA

12 DL Tony McDaniel 6-7 275 Columbia, SC

* Listen to "Plyler on Sports" weekdays 4-7PM on 1070AM in Upstate SC. Also Listen to the Logan Steakhouse's Sunday Night Recruiting Show with Mickey Plyler every Sunday night from 7 to 9 on 1070AM and 103.1 FM in Upstate SC. *

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