No. 15: Sammy Watkins

CUTigers.com has reached the highest ranked freshman on the countdown of Clemson's top 25 players.

15. WR Sammy Watkins, Fr.
Watkins, a five-star prospect according to Scout.com, was the highest rated offensive player signed by the Tigers in the class of 2011.

THE RESUME: Scout.com ranked Watkins as the No. 41 player overall and the No. 5 wide receiver in the nation.

As a senior at South Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers, Fla., he recorded 54 catches for 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also returned a two kickoffs and two punts for scores.

The all-time leading receiver in Lee County history, Watkins finished his high school career with 133 catches for 2,997 yards and 36 touchdowns.

On the track, he's run a 10.5 in the 100- and a 21.2 in the 200-meter.

MOVING FORWARD: Tajh Boyd will have plenty of weapons to work with in his first season as Clemson's starting quarterback. Watkins will certainly be in the mix to be one of those contributors.

His billing as the Tigers' top offensive prospect is expected to translate to the field, likely immediately. He'll contribute at the 2-receiver position under, and maybe in the return game, too. As a pass-catcher and potential weapon on end-around plays, Watkins should impact Clemson's offense as soon as the season opener against Troy.

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