Post-spring review: WR

Now more than two weeks removed from the Orange and White spring game, we're on to the wide receivers in the position-by-position post-spring review.

In the mix

Sammy Watkins: It was an up and down second season for Watkins, who missed two games to suspension and, essentially, two more because of injury. While his stats weren't as impressive as they were in year one, they weren't bad. He caught 57 passes for 708 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. A two-year starter at the 2-position, he'll play the 9-position left vacant by DeAndre Hopkins.

Charone Peake: Peake saw a jump in production from year one to year two. As a sophomore, he caught 25 passes for 172 yards with two scores. He exited the spring as the starter at the 5-position, which Jaron Brown occupied for two seasons.

Adam Humphries: Already with five starts under his belt at the 2-position, Humphries was named the starter at the end of spring practice. Last season, he caught 41 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown.

Martavis Bryant: Probably the most explosive vertical threat on the team. Bryant has averaged 27.7 yards per catch during his first two years. Over 10 games in 2012, he caught 10 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns. He exited the spring as the second-team wide receiver at the 9-position.

Germone Hopper: Rated by as a four-star prospect in the 2012 signing class, Hopper took a redshirt during his first season. He's the No. 2 at the 2-position behind Humphries.

Matt Porter: A preferred walk-on from James Island, Porter caught two passes for 28 yards as a sophomore in 2012. Right now, he is the backup to Peake at the 5-position.

Joining the mix

Clemson signed three wide receivers in February -- Mike Williams, Kyrin Priester and T.J. Green.

Kyrin Priester once committed to UGA.
Williams was recruited to play the 9-position that Watkins and Bryant are playing. Priester projects as an option at the 2-position, but he could also play either of the other two positions. Green is likely to get his start at the 5-position.

At least two more wide receivers could be signed in 2014. Offers have already been sent to some of the top prospects in the country.

Clemson is in strong position for the No. 4 rated wide receiver in the country, four-star Trevion Thompson. Another offered four-star with high interest in Clemson is Demarre Kitt. He will commit in June to Clemson, Ohio State or Tennessee.

This spring, four stars Artavis Scott, Josh Malone, Saeed Blacknall and Trey Quinn visited the Clemson campus. All have offers from the Tigers. Malachi Dupre will visit this summer.

Several three-star prospects have been offered by Clemson, including Trevon Lee, Adonis Jennings, Travis Rudolph and Braxton Berrios.

Key storyline

Which version of Watkins will show up in 2013?

There's the 2011 version that was named an AP All-American and shattered all kinds of Clemson receiving records.

Then, there was the 2012 Watkins, who struggled to match that high level of play after being suspended for an offseason arrest.

Smart money is on the 2011 version. With his move to the 9-position, Watkins will have a more normal role as a wide receiver -- he won't be in motion or doing as much running around before the snap.

Just look at how productive Hopkins was at the position in each of the last two seasons.

Candidate to be a star

Watkins cemented his star-power in 2011. One would expect that he'll bounce back to that in 2013.

Looking to join him is Bryant, who also plays the same position.

Bryant exited the spring as one of the most pleasant surprises. Following his bowl game suspension by Dabo Swinney, the light came on for Bryant. According to Chad Morris, Bryant had his best semester in the classroom and on the field.

So there's plenty of reason to believe the supremely talented wide receiver will emerge as a star this fall.

Looking ahead to the fall

Even with the loss of Hopkins, who was a first-round draft pick by the Houston Texans, the Clemson wide receiver corps is one of the best in the country, if not the best.

The 2011 signing class of Watkins, Peake, Bryant and Humphries will be catching passes from one of the nation's elite passers. It could be another record-setting season for the Tigers' offense. That foursome will have play a big part in this season's success. Top Stories