Clemson’s reputation as “Wide Receiver University” has grown over the last several years. With receivers like Sammy Watkins, Deandre Hopkins and Mike Williams making national headlines, the Tigers are cranking out top wide receivers on a yearly basis…and that’s just a few of the many names coming out of Death Valley.
This reputation benefits the recruiting process, turning top wide receiver recruit’s heads and giving them proof that Clemson can recruit and develop some of the best talent in the country.
As the Tigers look to replenish a unit that lost some of its key pieces last year, incoming freshman Amari Rodgers looks forward to helping enhance Clemson’s receiving corp.
Rodgers said the anticipation is building as summer camp approaches.
“Without a doubt, the closer it gets to getting on campus the more excited I’m getting to start a new beginning,” he said.
Rodgers has used the spring to prepare to compete for some playing time this coming season, making sure he’s ready to go when camp rolls around.
“Cutting a few pounds, running tracking, and training with a receivers trainer every weekend,” he said.
Rodgers said he can bring a lot to the Clemson program and wants to help out the team however he can.
“I can bring responsibility, speed, being a great team player, and being the best at whatever role they give me,” he said. “Also competing and making everyone on the team better.”
Although it’s very rare for a freshman to step in immediately at wide receiver, especially with a very deep receiving core, Rodgers said he expects to jump right in and help the team.
“My personal expectation is to go in and contribute right away, so that I can help the team win another championship,” he said.
There is one area he wants to improve in this summer in training camp, especially since it’s an essential part of being a wide receiver in the Tigers’ offensive system.
“Blocking. Blocking is something I didn’t have to do much in high school,” he said. “And now being in college it will be different with bigger players and smarter players. So just polishing my blocking will be a big thing.”
Even with all of the challenges that going from high school to college brings, Rodgers said he is ready to develop both on and off the field.
“Competing against the best and getting better as a man and a player,” he said. “Clemson is surrounded by great people, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the family.”
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