July 30, 2006

Highly rated McDaniel putting plans in motion

One reason why Clemson's 2006 recruiting class was rated 15th nationally by Rivals.com was due to a handful of national prospects, one of whom is Tallahassee, Fla. star DeAndre McDaniel.

Last month Tigerillustrated.com learned that the highly touted safety did not make the necessary GPA-ACT match in order to meet minimum entrance requirements for Clemson.

In the initial stages of planning his future, McDaniel looked at both Fork Union Military Academy and Hargrave Military Academy, two prominent prep schools in the state of Virginia.

While the Clemson coaching staff does have a long-time rapport with the Fork Union staff, McDaniel's preference was Hargrave because two long-time friends and teammates were already set to attend the Chatham-based school, Louisville signees Emanuel Francis, a three-star rated quarterback, and defensive tackle-offensive guard Kareem Crowell, a four-star selection.

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