In the days leading up to the U.S. Army All-America Game, USA TODAY High School Sports will be checking in with a number of players for their accounts of the events and activities in San Antonio. This entry is from Tavien Feaster, a Clemson commit and running back from Spartanburg, S.C.. He’s a first-team American Family Insurance ALL-USA first team on offense who ran for 1,121 yards and 10 touchdowns and had 976 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches to help Spartanburg reach the state semifinals this season.
I got to model the East team jersey today in front of everybody. I was getting my shoes fitted when they asked me. I told them, ‘Yeah, sure I want to do it.’ I got to show myself off and everybody across the country got to see that.
I like the uniforms, the cleats, the socks and the leggings. Plus, the uniforms are really tight, so nobody will be able to grab you by your jersey.
Really, I just want to show people what I’m capable of at this level. In practice, I’ve been running more than I’ve been catching it, but at the next level, that’s the reason for my choice (Clemson), so I can do both.
I’ve been hanging out with the other Clemson guys, Dexter Lawrence (a Wake Forest, N.C., defensive tackle) and Xavier Kelly (a defensive end from Wichita East).
Dexter has a really soft voice to be that big. He’s a nice guy. He’s genuinely cool, calm and collected. He’s so light on his feet to be 300-plus. He’s a funny guy, too. Xavier is the same way, but he’s from Kansas, so you have to show him a little something.
Most of the guys here have made up their mind, so I’m not doing much recruiting, though I am talking with John Simpson from Fort Dorchester (North Charleston, S.C.) about Clemson.