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How did Clemson’s commits perform in their games this weekend? The Clemson Insider has you covered with the top performances from future Tigers in Week 3:

A week after throwing for 403 yards and four touchdowns in a nationally televised win over Bartram Trail (St. Johns, Fla.), Clemson five-star commit Trevor Lawrence was phenomenal again in Cartersville (Ga.)’s 58-6 win over Calhoun (Ga.) on Friday.

In less than a half of action, Lawrence completed 13 of 20 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns, including scoring throws of 56 and 71 yards. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder also ran for a touchdown in Cartersville’s 33rd consecutive victory. Lawrence, who was taken out of the game in the second quarter with his team up 51-0, is up to 750 yards passing and 10 touchdowns through three games. He has completed 69.4 percent of his passes (43 of 62) on the young season.

Clemson wide receiver commit Derion Kendrick, who plays quarterback for South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.), scored four touchdowns as he led his team to a 45-9 win over rival Rock Hill on Saturday. Kendrick was intercepted a couple of times, but made up for the picks with a pair of touchdown passes. He hit on 10 of his 16 passing attempts for 150 yards while rushing 10 times for 94 yards and two more scores, including a 33-yard touchdown scamper.

B.T. Potter, Kendrick’s teammate at South Pointe and fellow Clemson commit, connected on a 32-yard field goal and converted five extra points.

On the defensive side of the ball, Clemson five-star commit Xavier Thomas had another outstanding game for IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) in its 40-20 win at Centennial (Corona, Calif.) on Saturday. Thomas recorded five tackles, including two tackles for loss, a sack and three quarterback hurries in the contest. In a nationally televised win at Chandler (Ariz.) last weekend, Thomas earned MVP honors during the broadcast after tallying five quarterback hurries, four tackles and two pass breakups.

Thomas’s teammate and fellow Clemson commit, linebacker Mike Jones, notched a safety with a big hit in the end zone late in the third quarter Saturday. The two points extended IMG’s lead to two scores in the eventual victory.

Clemson linebacker commit Jake Venables of Daniel (Central, S.C.) made a couple of big plays in his team’s 13-0 loss to Seneca (S.C.) on Friday. Venables recovered a fumble in the first quarter before hunting down the quarterback for a monster sack in the second period.

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