Rodgers in midst of career year


Clemson wide receiver commitment Amari Rodgers was one of Clemson’s visitors on Saturday for the home opener against Troy.

The Clemson Insider recently caught up with Rodgers, who enjoyed his first trip to Clemson since June and his first visit for a Clemson home game since his sophomore year.

“I really enjoyed it,” Rodgers said. “It was nice getting back on campus and seeing all the coaches and players.”

What did Rodgers think of Clemson’s 30-24 win?

“The defense was clicking, and they were getting tackles in the backfield,” Rodgers said. “The offense was doing well, too, they just couldn’t put the ball in the end zone.

“They’re just off to a slow start to the season. I know they’re going to pick it up. Coach (Jeff) Scott and coach (Tony) Elliot are doing a great job with them, so I know they’re going to pick it up and start scoring way more points than they are now.”

On the field during Clemson’s pregame warm-ups, Rodgers was able to chat with Scott for a little bit.

“It was nice catching up with him,” Rodgers said. “We talked about what they do before the game, how the setup of the pregame warm-ups is. He was also talking about the game plan and what they were going to do.”

Rodgers said Scott will be at his game against Fulton (Knoxville, Tenn.) this Thursday.

The Knoxville-Catholic product has started his senior season on fire. Through four games, Rodgers has racked up 572 yards receiving and eight touchdowns on 17 receptions.

Rodgers believes it is one of the best stretches of football he has ever played.

“It definitely is my best season ever,” Rodgers said. “Hopefully I can keep it up, keep improving and each year, keep doing better than the last year. I think I’m on a great pace of doing that this year.”

Right now, Rodgers is working to help recruit a few of Clemson’s targets.

“Malik Herring, Drew Singleton and Xavier (McKinney),” Rodgers said. “Xavier goes to the same school as LeAnthony Williams (Roswell (Ga.) High School), so I think he’s working on him, too. It’s really those three people right now.”

As his freshman season at Clemson steadily approaches, Rodgers is very much looking forward to getting to work at Clemson in the future.

“I really can’t wait because when I get there I’m going to work my butt off and hopefully get a chance to play as a freshman,” Rodgers said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to, the opportunity to get to know players who have already been there and can show me the way. I think I’ll grow as a man and as a player when I get there.”

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