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Rodgers recaps season, talks accolades, McKinney

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After winning it as a junior in 2015, Clemson commit Amari Rodgers was recently named a nominee for Tennessee’s Class 4A Mr. Football Back of the Year award.

Rodgers finished his high school career in sterling fashion, as he recorded 40 catches for more than 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns during his senior season at Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic High. The four-star receiver averaged an excellent 31 yards per catch.

“It went great,” Rodgers said in an interview with TCI. “I think I got better as an overall wide receiver. But more importantly I became a better teammate.”

Rodgers feels honored to be considered for Mr. Football again.

“It’s always great to be able to be put in the conversation as one of the best players in the state,” Rodgers said. “So, it’s a blessing.”

Earlier this month on Nov. 3, Rodgers received his honorary Under Armour All-America jersey during a ceremony at his school.

Rodgers will compete in the annual Under Armour All-America Game, which features many of the nation’s elite high school players and will be held on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla.

“It means the world to me because that’s always been a dream of mine since it started nine years ago,” Rodgers said of receiving his jersey for the game. “So I’m super excited for the opportunity to play on national television and to showcase my talent to the country.”

Rodgers remains a firm commitment to Clemson after announcing his pledge in February.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder has visited Clemson for five games this season, and he will take his official visit from Jan. 13-15.

“I’m looking forward to just hanging with all the commits,” Rodgers said of his official. “We are already pretty close, but it’s always great to see the boys.”

Rodgers most recently visited Clemson for the Pittsburgh game last Saturday, when he had the chance to talk to Roswell (Ga.) four-star safety Xavier McKinney, a priority target for Clemson in the current cycle.

“I spent a lot of time with him,” Rodgers said. “I think we have a great chance with him. He likes Clemson a lot.”

So, what’s next for Rodgers now that his high school career is behind him?

“Grind, work my butt off until it comes time to go (to Clemson),” Rodgers said. “I want to be ready by the time I get there.”

“I’m super excited,” he added. “Can’t wait.”

As for fourth-ranked Clemson’s season, Rodgers isn’t worried about the Tigers following their first loss.

“I think we can still win it all,” Rodgers said. “No doubt in my mind.”

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