Tigers adding a Colquitt

When the nation's No. 13 recruiting class arrives later this summer, Clemson will also welcome in a Colquitt, the next punter from the trade's first-family.

P Greg Colquitt Profile

Maryville High School senior punter Greg Colquitt is the cousin of Britton and Dustin, who punt for the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively. Another of the brothers' cousins, Jimmy, is the all-time leading punter at Tennessee. The brothers' dad, Craig, punted at Tennessee and won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Greg won't be a Volunteer. He'll join the rest of the nation's No. 13 2011 signing class.

He was first committed to Tennessee Tech and took an official visit the weekend before signing day. That Monday, he de-committed and committed to Appalachian State. On the way home from a visit to Boone, N.C., Clemson defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks offered Colquitt the preferred walk-on spot.

Colquitt visited Clemson several times last year. He was in for the Orange and White spring game, a junior day, the Dabo Swinney Football Camp and the Maryland game.
"As soon as I got on campus, I fell in love with it," he recently told CUTigers. "I had only been there once before for just a football game a little while back. When I got on campus, I thought this was where I want to be.

"I went with the mindset of playing for Clemson in the future. It was really narrowed down, as far as where I wanted to go. My heart was in Clemson, 100 percent."

Clemson wasn't the only BCS option that Colquitt had. Ole Miss expressed interest, but the Rebels are returning a junior, who's established himself.

"That wasn't a situation I wanted to get myself into," Colquitt said.

Others had greyshirt offers on the table.

Of course, because of his family, there were expectations that attend Tennessee.

"Once again, timing was an issue, because they have an even younger punter [than Ole Miss] that inhibited me from playing there," Colquitt said. "I took them off the radar early. There was a lot of pressure just to walk-on."

Being part of the family does have its perks. The name speaks for itself.

"It's nice, because I get free lessons out of it, too," he said. "I first learned how to kick the ball from them. All four of them have taught me."

As a senior, he averaged 40 yards per punt. In the state championship, he had a 39-yard average and downed three punts inside the 5-yardline.

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