Cordrea Tankersley makes the grade: DB will enroll for summer school in May

Two-time Tiger signee will add depth, athleticism to secondary coach Mike Reed's crew

Cordrea Tankersley (Clemson Sports Information photo)

Cordrea Tankersley (Clemson Sports Information photo)

Another piece of Clemson's re-tooled defensive secondary fell into place on Wednesday, and two-time signee Cordrea Tankersley of Silver Bluff High in Aiken, S.C. has qualified for admission.

Tankersley, who starred on both sides of the ball in high school, is expected to get his first shot at a cornerback or safety position with the Tigers.

The road to Clemson was a long one for Tankersley, who committed to the Tigers in the summer of 2011. He signed with Clemson in February, 2012, but failed to qualify for admission. He attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., where he was a teammate of defensive end Shaq Lawson last fall, in hopes of enrolling in January, but again came up narrowly short of the test score he needed.

Tankersley returned home to Aiken after Christmas, and has worked since then in preparing for the ACT. He recently took the entrance exam again, and received the qualifying score he needed.

He plans to enroll at Clemson for the first session of summer school.

Cordrea Tankersley's Signing Day Bio

Comes to Clemson from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA...ranked as the number nine prospect from the prep school level in 2012 by 247sports.com...played his high school football at Silver Bluff High in Aiken, SC...ranked as the #37 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, a four-star player by that service...#39 safety in the country by Rivals.com, lists him as a three-star player...#6 player in South Carolina and 25th best athlete by 247Sports.com...#41 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com, lists him as a three-star player...top-10 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com...#3 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...ranked as 19th best safety in the nation by Tom Lemming coming out of high school...a member of the Augusta Chronicle All-Area team...played in the Shrine Bowl...selected for the Offense/ Defense All-American game in Dallas, TX...on the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 40 tackles as a senior...on offense, rushed for 650 yards and five touchdowns and threw for 708 yards and six touchdowns...coached by Al Lown at Silver Bluff High School and Troy Davis at Hargrave Military Academy...recruited by Dan Brooks...born July 1, 1994.

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Xander5000 writes:

DEPTH.....DEPTH.....DEPTH......DEPTH. Should be able to cover ground and receivers pretty good now.

jarheadtiger writes:

Exactly, Depth and Competition will only make everyone better in the end. Gosh, It almost seems weird to have Defensive Backfield be an aea of concern with all the great players that have been there over the years. Future is looking up again though.

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