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February 7, 2008
Sumter (SC) You first read about Sumter RB Roderick McDowell on SCVarsity.com during our preseason previews last Summer. Now, the Class of 2009 star has given his commitment to an instate school to stop the recruiting race for him before it got started good.
McDowell (5-10 175) of Sumter has become Clemson's third commitment for the 2009 class. The speedster committed to the Tigers Sunday after making an unofficial visit to Clemson Saturday.
"To better myself I feel like Clemson is a good school for me," McDowell said. "My offense plays like Clemson's and I'll be comfortable in their offense."
Last season McDowell rushed for 1389 yards and 21 touchdowns. He accounted for 1500 total yards and 28 touchdowns. McDowell is well aware of highly regarded running back Jamie Harper who just signed with Clemson and is looking forward to playhing alongside him.
"Harper is going to bring out the best in me," he said, "and I'm going to bring out the best in him." McDowell also has offers from USC and Kentucky.
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