Dabo Swinney says Ebenezer Ogundeko's early arrival 'like winning the lottery'

Safety Jadar Johnson, TE end Jordan Leggett, DE Shaq Lawson also have a good shot at playing as freshmen

Daniel's Shaq Lawson dives for the endzone on a fumble return against Nation Ford. The score was called back when the officials ruled Lawson was down after recovering the loose ball.

Daniel's Shaq Lawson dives for the endzone on a fumble return against Nation Ford. The score was called back when the officials ruled Lawson was down after recovering the loose ball.

College classes. Winter conditioning drills. Team meetings. A new home. New friends. Unfamiliar surroundings. New expectations.

The past week has been a blur for early enrolling freshmen Jadar Johnson, Jordan Leggett and Ebenezer Ogundeko.

Today, Daniel High product Shaq Lawson joins in the fun - with a head start over his fellow freshmen in familiarity with Clemson, but playing catch-up after waiting a week for his transcript to be approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Dabo Swinney has every reason to believe that with a session of winter conditioning drills and a month of spring practice under their belts, all four freshmen have a shot at early playing time for the Tigers next season.

He said Friday that he couldn't be more pleased with Clemson's early jump on its 2013 signing class.

"We introduced Jordan, Jadar and Ebo formally at our team meeting on Thursday," said Swinney. "Their heads are spinning. One guy shows up from Brooklyn, another from Navarre Beach (Fla.), and another from Orangeburg. Boom, here they are, right in the middle of their senior year.

"It's a big transition. But these are quality, quality players. Getting Jordan was huge, to get him in at mid-year, and we have a big need at safety, so having Jadar here is big for us.

"And then getting Ebo was like winning the lottery. This guy has a great, great up-side. The fact that he's a mid-year guy and a very smart, bright young man, I think he's going to be a really special addition to our football team."

Clemson officially announced the addition of the four players on Monday, after Lawson, who attended Hargrave Military in the fall, received his clearance from the NCAA.

Johnson, a 6-1 safety from Orangeburg, played for the South Carolina team in the 2012 Shrine Bowl and is ranked as the ninth best player in South Carolina by ESPN. He played wide receiver and defensive back in high school.

Leggett is a 6-6 tight end ranked as the number-five player in the nation at his position by ESPN. He had 45 catches for 608 yards in 2012.

Ogundeko, a 6-3 defensive end from Brooklyn, N.Y., played in the Under Armour All-American game in St. Petersburg, Fla. and and is ranked as the top prospect in New York. He is ranked as the No. 126 overall player in the nation by ESPN.

Lawson, a 6-4 defensive end, had 99 tackles, including 23 tackles for loss, at Daniel High as a senior in 2011. He was ranked as the top prep school player in the nation this year when he had 65 tackles and a dozen sacks at Hargrave.

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brookesdad729 writes:

That's right baby! Let's shore up that defensive line and start bustin some heads! We don't have to have the "Clown"-ey show, give us a terrible twosome coming at you from both sides so there's nowhere to run son! The Ebo-Shaq attack!

cuGIZ82 writes:

D-Line should be stronger next year with those guys who are returning and the new comers...Venables coaching shows promise after seeing how well he had the defense play vs LSU

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