A recruit with multiple ties to Clemson made his way to Death Valley for the Tigers’ first two home games of 2017.
Calhoun (Ga.) 2019 athlete Brannon Spector was on campus for second-ranked Clemson’s wins over Kent State and Auburn, and he has been impressed with the team’s strong start to the season that also includes a dominant victory at Louisville last weekend.
“I think they’re playing awesome,” Spector told TCI. “Kelly Bryant is doing a great job running the offense, and the defense is playing lock-down defense.”
Spector’s father is former Clemson receiver Robbie Spector, who played for the Tigers from 1988-90, while his brother is Clemson freshman linebacker Baylon Spector. His sister, meanwhile, is a Clemson cheerleader.
So, Brannon is very familiar with Clemson, and the visits have allowed him to continue building relationships with members of the program.
“They’ve been awesome,” he said of the visits, “just catching up with the coaches and talking with them, talking with the players and laughing with them.”
One player in particular that he has gotten to know is star wide receiver Hunter Renfrow.
“Hunter was my instructor at (the Dabo Swinney) camp,” Brannon said. “I didn’t even know it was him, that’s the funny thing. When you look at Hunter Renfrow — I mean everyone says it — you don’t think it would actually be Hunter Renfrow. But yeah, we met at the camp and we’ve been friends since and now we’re here.”
Brannon, who plays both wide receiver and safety for Calhoun, said he studies Renfrow during games and has instilled some of his techniques into his own game.
“I watch him, in particular, in the games,” Brannon said. “I focus on him and what he does each play, and I watch what he does when he gets out of his breaks, and that’s helped me get open as a receiver too.”
Brannon has an opportunity to follow in Renfrow’s footsteps at Clemson, as he received an offer from Clemson following his performance at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June. The coaches told him he could play receiver or safety at Clemson depending on how he develops physically.
Clemson receivers coach Jeff Scott communicates with him regularly.
“Me and coach Scott, we text daily,” Brannon said. “He always sends me pictures and edits and stuff, and that’s cool.”
Brannon also has offers from Mercer and Middle Tennessee State. He went to Vanderbilt for its win over Kansas State last Saturday and wants to see other schools before he renders a decision after his junior season.