After being ranked No. 2 in the first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings, Clemson solidified its ranking by dusting Syracuse 54-0 on Saturday.
Several young players contributed on Saturday, showing the Tigers rely on giving freshmen important in-game experience to prepare them for big games. With the end of the high school season approaching, this could entice some recruits looking to play early.
This formula has fueled Clemson’s championship drive over the last several years.
Which recruits helped keep their teams’ championship aspirations alive this week?
Defensive end commit Jordan Williams did his best impression of Christian Wilkins on Friday night, running in two goal-line scores on offense to help Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.) win its district championship, 51-25. Clemson’s 2016 recruiting class contains several two-way athletes and Williams just adds to the list. At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, he already has the size to come in and make an impact his freshman year.
Amari Rodgers is back and still finding ways to score, helping Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic destroy Cherokee, 71-6, in the first round of the playoffs. Rodgers scored two touchdowns, one on a 23-yard rushing touchdown and one on a 68-yard punt return. He should continue to rack up stats in a multitude of ways, showing that he could end up helping out Clemson on offense and special teams next year.
Quarterback Chase Brice rounds out the list after he guided Grayson (Ga.) to a 45-3 victory with a dominant performance. He threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns while running in a short third score. Brice is leading a high-profile program and should gain even more valuable leadership experience throughout its playoff run.