Sammy Watkins is the most explosive wide receiver signed by the Tigers in the last 10 years. (Scout.com)
No disrespect to Charone Peake, but the moment Watkins stepped onto the field during the Dabo Swinney Football Camp this summer, he was the best player there—hands down.
Any of the adjectives works in watching Watkins in action: dynamic, explosive, exciting—take your pick.
Some compare him to Percy Harvin, others Peter Warrick. Either one works just fine.
Watkins, who attends South Fort Myers (Fla.), is fast, runs crisp routes and is a threat to score anytime the ball is in his hands.
There are plenty of expectations aplenty, but it's not much different than any other five-star. This one will make an impact from day one.
THE STUD - DEFENSE - MLB TONY STEWARD AND OLB STEPHONE ANTHONY
Physically, Anthony's ready to play the college game. He's fast, athletic and versatile enough to play on the inside or the outside. (Roy Philpott)
Any school in the country would have made room for either one, or both, in their recruiting class.
Physically, Anthony's ready to play the college game. He's fast, athletic and versatile enough to play on the inside or the outside.
Had he not injured his knee during his senior season, Steward would have the award all to himself. All indications are that his rehab is going well. And there are still six months left for him to rehab the knee.
Assuming Steward is ready to go, with the shortage on linebacker numbers now even greater with the departure of Brandon Maye, one, if not both, are likely to work their way into the two-deep depth chart this fall.
In less than two weeks, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney might have something to say about this, but that, of course, remains to be seen.
Isaiah Battle was one of the most impressive looking offensive lineman at camp last summer. (Scout.com)
Battle was one of the most impressive looking offensive lineman at Dabo Swinney's camp last summer.
He's a two-time all-state selection and was named all-conference on both sides of the ball at The Blue Ridge School, a boarding school in Virginia.
Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., he enrolled at The Blue Ridge School to play basketball. And he looks the part of a hoopster. Listed at 6-foot-7, 260 pounds, Battle is athletic and has tremendous feet.
Before arriving to Clemson, he'll spend a season at prep school.
Dodd's senior season at Riverside (Greer) was only his second season of football. (Scout.com)
Dodd's senior season at Riverside (Greer) was only his second season of football. He finished with 78 tackles, 45 assists, 22 tackles for loss, including nine sacks, had three caused fumbles, one recovered fumble and four passes broken up.
In the North/South game, Dodd had five tackles, two of which were sacks, caused a fumble and recorded a fumble.
In his first season with the track team, Dodd set school records in the shot 49' 1" and the discus 128' 6.5". He was Greenville County champion in the shot put, runner-up in the discus and named the Greenville County Field Athlete of the Year.
If he's qualified this fall, and it's looking more and more like he could, Dodd will challenge for a spot on the two-deep depth chart at tackle.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT - OFFENSE - WR CHARONE PEAKE
The Dorman (Roebuck) four-star wide receiver was solid to Clemson long before he even committed to the Tigers. Shortly after he made his pledge, Watkins gave his word.
Just like Watkins, Peake will contribute this fall. Physically, he's been ready to play college football since his sophomore season. He's long, lean, fast and every bit as explosive as anybody Clemson had on campus in 2010.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT - DEFENSE - DE COREY CRAWFORD
The Georgia Player of the Year from Carver (Columbus, Ga.) spent last fall improving his academic standing at Hargrave. He briefly considered changing his commitment when position coach Chris Rumph left Clemson for Alabama. But he quickly backed off that ledge.
Crawford projects as Andre Branch's heir apparent at the bandit end position. He's versatile enough to play with his hand on the ground and stand up.