Recruits have been instrumental in the Clemson success, especially this season. With the college football world focusing in on Death Valley this past weekend, freshmen Dexter Lawrence and Tavien Feaster played vital roles in a big-time game.
Which recruits might we see highlighting Clemson’s big time games next year?
Oak Ridge (Tenn.) is in a habit of scoring 35 points in the first half, doing it back-to-back weeks with Tee Higgins contributing right out of the gate. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound wide receiver helped his team get off to a quick start that would eventually lead to a 56-6 victory over Karns, catching four passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Higgins continues to rack up touchdown after touchdown and should play a significant role on offense next year.
Quarterback Hunter Johnson had another big-time performance against Zionsville on Friday night, leading Brownsburg (Ind.) to a 38-25 win. Johnson was 23-for-33 for 302 yards and five touchdowns, taking his team to 7-0 on the season.
A top candidate to take over the starting job next year if Watson leaves, Johnson’s performance and leadership skills could very well keep Clemson in the playoff picture.
There is no stopping Amari Rodgers. The Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic receiver made the most of his two receptions in a 55-16 win, gaining 139 yards, including a 94-yard touchdown.
Speedy receivers with a powerful frame are hard to find, but Rodgers is a running back with great hands, giving him big-play ability regardless of where he catches the ball. He could follow up Artavis Scott as the next great Clemson slot receiver.
Grayson (Ga.) quarterback Chase Brice was unbelievably efficient on Friday night, going 11-for-12 for 207 yards and three touchdowns in a 60-0 blowout win over Rockdale County. Brice continues to get better and better as the season goes on and could make the quarterback competition a little more difficult next year.