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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 02/06/2013

National Signing Day 2013: Dorian O’Daniel signs with Clemson

Playing college football has always been a dream of Dorian O’Daniel’s. As for lining up defense, that proved more of a nightmare for the Good Counsel standout.

“Sophomore year, you couldn’t get me on defense to save my life,” O’Daniel recalled. “I wanted to be on offense with the ball.”

On Wednesday, O’Daniel merged his dream and nightmare into one celebratory moment by signing with Clemson, where he is expected to line up at linebacker.

“Playing running back was a fun run — pun intended — but now it’s time for me to open a new chapter on the football field and focus on one position,” O’Daniel said. “Since playing defense as a junior, I think things have changed for the better and I’m ready for the next challenge.”

Though he garnered first team All-Met offensive honors after rushing for 1,307 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, it’s safe to say O’Daniel has taken to the linebacker position. During his junior season, the 6-foot-1 205-pound starter recorded 38.5 tackles, including 15 for loss, and five sacks for the Falcons, earning him a spot on the All-Met first team defense.

In January, O’Daniel joined teammate Kendall Fuller, who signed with Virginia Tech on Wednesday, on the U.S. Army All-American team.

“Dorian waited his turn and was patient as a freshman,” Falcons Coach Bob Milloy said. “As he kept working, the opportunities opened up to where he became a three-year starter and a big piece on our team. He’s a wonderful kid.”

Good Counsel linebacker/running back Dorian O’Daniel signs with Clemson. (Brandon Parker/The Washington Post)

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