February 01, 2012
D.J. Reader will be playing both football and baseball in college and he ended up choosing between two schools that are fine with him playing both sports.
It came down to Clemson and Maryland for the Greensboro (N.C.) Grimsley two-way lineman and ultimately the Tigers won out.
"Clemson is a really good place to be and they are a team on the rise," said the 6-foot-3, 306-pounder. "I like the coaches, they are hard workers who care about academics."
Reader's decision will come as a surprise to some, as Maryland had appeared to be in the driver's seat for a good portion of his recruitment last week and into the early part of this week. Clemson's coaches made an effective case that Reader can help the baseball program while manning a spot on the defensive line.
Ranked as the No. 19 offensive guard in the nation, Reader has done it on both sides of the ball for Grimsley. He's ranked the No. 20 prospect in the state and is yet another top prospect that has opted to leave the state of North Carolina in this class.
- Mike Farrell, Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst