The future is now

SUNSET, S.C. - Back when Jeff Scott took over as wide receivers coach in 2009, there wasn't much NFL-caliber experience at the position.

From that group, Jacoby Ford, Jaron Brown and Brandon Ford, who later moved to tight end, would go on to the NFL. But, entering the 2009 season, Ford was the only one of the three with any kind of college experience.

Fast-forward four years and it's a whole different story. Even after the loss of DeAndre Hopkins, a first-round draft pick, there is plenty of experienced skill returning to wide receiver.

Sammy Watkins could be the most explosive playmaker in the country. With a repeat performance of his freshman season and a clean nose between now and next spring, he could make it two years in a row that a Clemson wide receiver goes in the first-round.

Factor in Martavis Bryant and Charone Peake, both of whom are right up there in terms of talent, and it's apparent that Scott has a whole lot more to work with in his fifth season as a full-time assistant.

And then there's Adam Humphries, the second-most productive receiver from that vaunted 2011 signing class.


Jacoby Ford caught 55 passes for 710 yards as a senior before he was drafted in the fourth-round by the Raiders.
"I think we've got as many playmakers that we've ever had, since I've been at Clemson," Scott said. "I think that's what you're always trying to do. You're always trying to improve what you have.

"I think some of the guys that are here at Clemson, because they've seen guys like Jacoby Ford and Aaron Kelly making plays in the plays in the past. That's kind of opened the door for guys like Sammy, Charone, Martavis, Adam, [Germone] Hopper and those guys coming in."

Scott said he and the team are "very blessed" to have that kind of talent at wide receiver, but it comes with a caveat.

"It's one thing to have the potential to do it," he said. "Obviously, production is the number one thing."

With a third-year starting quarterback ready to run the show behind a veteran offensive line, the four veterans that double as NFL prospects could all have very productive seasons in 2013.

"These guys take it very serious. They're always working," Scott said. "They want to be one of the best receiving corps in the country. That's one of our goals every year. I think we have the ability to do that, if these guys continue to work hard and buy into what we're doing."

With the addition of former four-star Mike Williams, plus commitments from four star prospects Artavis Scott and Demarre Kitt, the future looks bright.

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