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Rodgers ready to fulfill childhood dream at Clemson

Clemson wide receiver commit Amari Rodgers was back on campus last weekend for his official visit with the rest of the Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class besides the four early enrollees. Two weeks from tomorrow, the class will become official on Feb. 1’s National Signing Day.

The Clemson Insider caught up with Rodgers about his experience on the official visit.

“I enjoyed every second of it. I loved it,” Rodgers said. “We got to hang out with some of the players and stuff like that, so I got a good feel of what it’s going to be like the next few years.”

Rodgers and the others arrived on campus Friday and stayed busy through Sunday. The pledges watched Clemson’s national championship parade on Saturday from College Avenue before seeing the celebration inside the stadium from front and center on the field. Afterward, they attended the Clemson men’s basketball game against Virginia in Littlejohn and the football team’s awards banquet that night.

Rodgers was pleasantly surprised by the mass turnout of Clemson fans for the parade and celebration.

“It was great. The fans came out in support, and it was a lot,” Rodgers said. “I didn’t expect that many fans to come out, but it was crazy. We got to sit on the field in the chairs, so we got the whole feel for it, and I loved it.”

Rodgers committed to Clemson on Valentine’s Day 2016, choosing the Tigers over Tennessee, Florida State, Wake Forest and Alabama.

The four-star prospect and one-time Southern Cal commit is the son of Southern Cal offensive coordinator Tee Martin.

Rodgers is exited to step into a program that is fresh off winning the national title.

“We’re going to be the first class to come through after them winning the national championship, so it’s going to be good,” Rodgers said. “We have a lot of shoes to fill, and we just have to come in prepared.”

Rodgers, a two-time Tennessee Mr. Football award winner, is rated as the No. 71 prospect on the 2017 ESPN 300 and the No. 2 receiver in Tennessee according to 247Sports (behind fellow Clemson commit Tee Higgins).

As a senior this season, Rodgers recorded more than 40 catches for over 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns while averaging 31 yards per reception.

What did Rodgers hear from Clemson co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jeff Scott during his visit?

“Coach Scott just told me when I come in, to be humble,” Rodgers said. “He told me the whole deal, that I have to learn the playbook and stuff like that. So, I think I’m going to come in and I’m going to be ready.”

Rodgers has dreamed of playing college football since he was a kid. In two weeks, he will take the next step toward fulfilling that dream when he signs on the dotted line with Clemson.

“It’s going to be amazing,” Rodgers said. “That’s been my dream since I was a little boy, to play D-I football. So, now that it’s here and it’s going to be official in a couple of weeks, it’s surreal. It’s a blessing. I can’t wait.”

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