Columbia (S.C.) Irmo 2019 running back Kendrell Flowers came to the Dabo Swinney Camp on Wednesday with something to prove.
Flowers, the nephew of former Clemson standout running back Raymond Priester, wanted to show he has the potential to potentially follow in his uncle’s footsteps at Clemson in the future.
“He was very excited,” said Irmo wide receivers coach Kelly Craig, one of the coaches that accompanied Flowers to Clemson. “His uncle played here back in the day, so he feels like it’s a family thing that he needs to keep in the bloodlines, keep it going. So, he was here competing and trying to show out.”
Craig played high school football with former Clemson tight end Stephon Wynn Sr. at Fairfield Central High in Winnsboro, S.C., and went on to play at South Carolina State. Craig, who grew up a Clemson fan, is a cousin of former Clemson player Terence Mack.
Some of Craig’s ex-teammates at S.C. State were high school teammates with Priester at Allendale (S.C.) Fairfax, so he has met Priester a few times and watched him play.
“He was good,” Craig said. “But Kendrell is a little bit more athletic. He can catch the ball, has 4.4 (40-yard dash) speed, is a 10.1 broad-jump guy. He’s definitely grown into his mold.”
Craig said Flowers has been a fan of Clemson his whole life, as well.
“He always speaks about the family atmosphere and the facilities of course, but just the tradition,” Craig said. “It’s a way of life. He’s been a Clemson fan.”
According to Craig, Flowers earned high marks from Clemson staffers for his performance at the camp.
“They basically told him they like what he has to offer,” Craig said. “He’s definitely on the right track.”
Flowers will also camp at Georgia tomorrow, South Carolina on Friday and North Carolina on Saturday.