A fresh look at the freshmen: Tee Higgins

A fresh look at the freshmen: Tee Higgins

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A fresh look at the freshmen: Tee Higgins

The remaining 10 members of Clemson’s 2017 signing class arrived on campus June 25, joining early enrollees Hunter Johnson, Logan Rudolph, Baylon Spector and Blake Vinson.

The Clemson Insider gives a scouting report on each of the newcomers. We break down what the player does best, what he can do to earn playing time as a freshman, his future outlook and more.

Name: Tee Higgins

Position: Wide Receiver

Height, Weight: 6-4, 190

Hometown (High School): Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Oak Ridge HS)

Prospect rankings: 4-star, No. 2 WR, No. 2 state, No. 18 national (ESPN); 5-star, No. 2 WR, No. 1 state, No. 15 national (Rivals); 4-star, No. 4 WR, No. 1 WR in state, No. 40 national (Scout); 4-star, No. 4 WR, No. 3 state, No. 34 national (247Sports)

High school stats & accolades: As a senior, had 68 receptions for 1,044 yards and 18 touchdowns… As a junior, had 46 receptions for 841 yards and 16 touchdowns… named 5A Back of the Year by the Tennessee Titans in 2015… Under-Armour All-American and second-team USA Today All-American in 2016… Mr. Football in Tennessee at the 5A level in 2015 and 2016

Strengths: What’s not to like about Higgins? He is a rare talent with all of the tools to be a great receiver at the collegiate level and beyond — size, speed, length, ball skills, leaping ability and so forth. It’s hard to pinpoint strengths here because he is a complete receiver and does everything well. He can take the top off of a defense and has a long wingspan that helps him haul in tough catches. He is fun to watch because he is such a fluid and dynamic athlete with a knack for making highlight-reel catches.

What he can do to earn playing time as freshman: With Mike Williams now a pro, Higgins is well positioned to see significant time in Clemson’s receiver rotation behind Deon Cain at the “9” spot. Higgins could benefit by refining his route-running and adding weight and upper-body strength to his frame.

Future outlook: Higgins looks to be an instant-impact player, and his upside his enormous. Is he the next Sammy Watkins? Maybe. He has first-round pick potential, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he left a similar legacy when his Clemson career is over. Higgins is a generational type of prospect and has a chance to put his stamp on WRU.

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