Clemson, SC — These are exciting times for Clemson, but even if the Tigers manage to win their first national championship since 1981 they’re still losing a lot of their best players to the NFL draft. This is just one of the harsh realities of college football and nearly every team that competes for a national title game has to deal with it.
In Clemson’s case, they’re losing a handful of juniors and the list includes superstar QB, DeShaun Watson, HB, Wayne Gallman and wide receivers, Mike Williams and Artavis Scott. Essentially, the Tigers are losing all of their skill position players on offense and two of the players mentioned, Watson and Williams are projected to go in the first round.
Aside from winning championships, one of the best ways to judge a program’s greatness is how quickly they can replace elite players lost to the NFL with equally talented recruits. The good news for Clemson is they have at least one of those things covered with commitments from two of players that are both the 2nd highest ranked player at their respective positions – quarterback, Hunter Johnson and wide receiver, Tee Higgins. And considering how increasingly common it is for freshmen to start and succeed, don’t be surprised if Clemson is able to avoid having the 2017 season become a rebuilding year.
Both Hunter and Higgins are around 6’4” 200 lbs and already look like future NFL starters, so if there was ever two players that could fill the shoes of DeShaun Watson and Mike Wallace, it’s these guys!
HOMETOWN: OAK RIDGE, TN
SCHOOL: OAK RIDGE HIGH
WEIGHT: 200 LBS
RATING: 4 STAR
Q: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to football?
A: “My mom and my sister”
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: “Make yourself available.”
Q: Who’s the best player you’ve personally ever played against?
A: “I’ve played against too many good DB’s to name just one.”
Q: What do you plan on majoring in at Clemson in the fall?
Q: What NFL team would you like to play for?
A: “Doesn’t really matter!” ( I loved that answer, my sentiments exactly)