Spiller says: 'I plan to be home more'

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Former Union County star tailback C.J. Spiller says he's committed to staying at Clemson, despite the pull of his young daughter that had him thinking about transferring.

Spiller has arranged his classes so he can take more trips home to Lake Butler and visit his 9-month-old daughter. Wanting to be with his family had the star runner considering a move closer to home with the national champion Gators.

But Spiller said when he returned to campus, he made up his mind to stay with the Tigers, according to a story posted Tuesday on The Greenville News' Web site.

"I plan to be home more. I have no classes on Friday so I can leave on Thursday and get a good three-day weekend," Spiller said. "It's probably going to hurt my car, but it should make it down there."

Spiller's future was in doubt last week with some reports having him enrolled at Florida and attending classes on the day of the Gators' national championship game win over Ohio State.

Spiller said his relationship with Clemson runner James Davis helped keep him with the Tigers.

"After I just sat back and looked at everything, I decided it would be best to stay here at Clemson instead of going home," he said.

Spiller's mother, Patricia Watkins, visited her son this past weekend and attended the team's banquet.

Spiller said she supports his choice to be at Clemson. "She was just being a mom," he said. "She wanted me close."

When asked if he would change his mind, Spiller said he'd be at Clemson "two years, hopefully."

On Monday, Spiller said he learned that running backs coach Burton Burns was taking a job at Alabama.

"So I'm just taking it one day at a time. Everything's coming so fast with Coach Burns leaving, then my situation. So you really just have to step back and take everything in, then just go day by day," Spiller said.

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