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Clemson impressed by N.C. WR, to take closer look

Cornelius (N.C.) Hough class of 2019 wide receiver Nolan Groulx visited Clemson for the first time earlier this month, attending the Tigers’ junior day on March 4 with his dad and teammate Tyus Fields.

“I got to see the fields and the facilities and everything,” Groulx told The Clemson Insider. “Obviously them opening a new facility, it was awesome. There was definitely a ton for the players to do, for the recruits to do. I liked Clemson as a whole, all the way around.”

Clemson receivers coach Jeff Scott likes Groulx’s game from what he has seen on film and wants to further evaluate him at the Dabo Swinney Camp this summer.

“I was able to talk to him when we were touring some of the facilities, and he came and sat down with me and my father for a little bit,” Groulx said. “He was talking about how him and his staff like my film. They were trying to get me back down for the spring game, and they want to get me up in June just to see my body movement, my body control and all that. They definitely want me back at a camp, and I’ll be back for the spring game.”

Groulx grabbed 108 passes for 1,853 yards and 24 touchdowns as a sophomore at Davidson (N.C.) Day last season before transferring to Hough. He also rushed for 132 yards and seven scores.

He believes Scott likes his versatility at the receiver position and route-running ability.

“The fact that I can play multiple positions and my route-running, getting in and out of my breaks fast on my film,” Groulx said. “Obviously I was able to rack up a lot of yards, but it’s the speed at which I play the game and in my opinion it’s the route-running.”

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder sees some similarities between himself and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.

“I like to compare myself to Julian Edelman for the Patriots, just how tough he is and how he can run routes and add different stems to his routes,” he said. “That makes him really good.”

Groulx lists offers from Central Michigan, Elon, James Madison, N.C. State, South Carolina, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

South Carolina offered during his visit there on March 14, and he recently visited Wake Forest as well.

Virginia Tech and Penn State are others showing interest, and he will make trips to both schools later this month.

“I have Virginia Tech coming up. I’m going up there on the 28th, and then I’m going to Penn State on the 29th,” Groulx said. “I’m meeting with the head coach for both those schools.”

Groulx likes Clemson’s family atmosphere and that the school is close to his home.

Asked what stood out most to him about his visit, he pointed to a speech given by head coach Dabo Swinney.

 “All the recruits sat down at the junior day and listened to coach Dabo Swinney talk,” he said. “The whole time he talked about turning us into men. That definitely stood out to the most to me, how they’re building men and not just football players.”

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