Dorian O'Daniel is considered to be the top high school running back in the D.C.-suburban Maryland area.
But it could be his skills as a linebacker - the position for which Clemson is recruiting him - that will make the difference when top-ranked Good Counsel High (Olney, Md.) faces rival DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) tonight.
Unbeaten, fourth-ranked DeMatha is loaded with running backs and will try to control the ball against the Falcons, who will be playing their homecoming game.
O'Daniel has 18 tackles this season, while doubling as a workhorse running back. He's rushed for 600 yards in four games, and is coming off a 336-yard, four-touchdown performance in his team's victory over Gonzaga.
"It's a huge game - there's no way I ever want to lose to DeMatha," O'Daniel told The Washington Post. "It's our homecoming game, and that's even more motivation."
Another Clemson commitment for the class of 2013, Jayron Kearse, will be facing his biggest challenge of the season so far when South Fort Myers (Fla.) High plays at Riverdale.
The Wolf Pack has breezed through the early part of its schedule with a 5-0 record, outscoring its opponents by a total of 208-9.
Kearse has starred on both sides of the line of scrimmage, starting games both at safety and wide receiver. He also serves as his team's wildcat-formation quarterback.
Kearse blocked a punt in last week's 49-0 rout of North Fort Myers.
Clemson running back commitments Wayne Gallman of Grayson High (Loganville, Ga.), Tyshon Dye of Elbert County (Ga.), Dalvin Cook of Miami Central (Fla.) and Jae'lon Oglesby of Daniel High (Central, S.C.) are all coming off big games last Friday. Gallman and Oglesby are expected to attend the Clemson-Georgia Tech game on Saturday, Gallman accompanied by teammates Robert Nkemdiche and David Kamara.
Oglesby is closing in on the 1,000-yard mark for the season after his 33-carry, 228-yard performance against Wren last week.
Also planning to attend the Georgia Tech game is 2014 quarterback commitment Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, Ga., and 2013 wide receiver commitment Mike Williams of Lake Marion, S.C.
Watson is coming off a 15-of-20, 268-yard, three-touchdown passing performance in his team's 42-14 victory over Heritage last week. He also rushed for 113 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Williams had seven catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns last week.
In other games last weekend, Jadar Johnson had a touchdown reception in Orangeburg-Wilkinson (S.C.) High's loss to Hanahan, and Dylan Gardner had five tackles and broke up two passes in West Mesquite (Tex.) High's victory over Carollton Creekview.
Other Clemson commitments expected to attend the Georgia Tech game include defensive end Dane Rogers of Shelby, N.C., wide receiver Ryan Jenkins of Marietta, Ga., linebacker Ben Boulware of Hanna High in Anderson, S.C., and tight end Cannon Smith of Columbia, S.C.
Making an official visit to Clemson this weekend will be Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., a longtime Georgia commitment who plays wide receiver, running back and safety, and is considered by some to be state's overall prospect for 2013.