Recruit reaction: Clemson's national championship

After Clemson beat Alabama 35-31 on Monday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., to win its first national championship since 1981, The Clemson Insider reached out to some of Clemson’s commits and top targets for their reactions to the game.

Commits –

Amari Rodgers, WR, Knoxville, Tenn. (Knoxville Catholic):

“We proved the doubters wrong, and I loved the way they fought and didn’t quit! ALLIN”

Baylon Spector, LB, Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun):

“It’s awesome! Couldn’t be here at a better time.”

A.J. Terrell, CB, Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake):

“Bama had a great game. They gave Clemson the challenge that we all wanted to see, and Clemson came to play along the road towards the fourth quarter and pulled out the championship W!! #AllIn”

Blake Vinson, OL, Citra, Fla. (North Marion):

“Really excited for the players and coaches. They deserve this.”

Jake Venables, LB, Central, S.C. (Daniel):

“I knew it was gonna happen. We’ll win a couple more of them things too during my time there.”


Targets –

Derrik Allen, CB, Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter):

“That was cool. Incredible game and glad they won!”

Teradja Mitchell, LB, Virginia Beach, Va. (Bishop Sullivan Catholic):

“Definitely a great show of resiliency and revenge. Great overall performance #ALLIN”

Owen Pappoe, LB, Loganville, Ga. (Grayson):

“They played a great game and showed why you should never give up when adversity hits hard.”

Zacch Pickens, DE, Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna):

“It’s a great honor to have a college that offered me win the national championship.”

K’Vaughan Pope, ATH, Dinwiddie, Va. (Dinwiddie County):

“That game was awesome. I knew Clemson was going to win, and win Bo (Scarbrough) scored I was like it’s only the first quarter so we’re good. But yeah their defense had some sparks here and there and then defense turned it on.”

Jashawn Sheffield, WR, Saint Simmons Island, Ga. (Frederica Academy):

“Amazing game. So happy for coach Scott.”

Christian Tutt, CB, Thomson, Ga. (Thomson):

“Clemson looked great and they were prepared to play. Congrats to the coaches and players and the whole Tiger nation.”

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