2014 signing class superlatives

CLEMSON - Now that Dabo Swinney and company are finished with the 2014 signing class, CUTigers hands out this year's superlatives.

The Stud

Offense
QB Deshaun Watson


Watson
Watson is not only the highest rated prospect in Clemson's 2014 class, he fills a big need at a position that is, quite frankly, the most important in all of sports.

Scout.com rates Watson as a four-star, but there are other services that list him with five. Scout also ranks Watson as the No. 3 quarterback in the country. But he was the 2014 quarterback that Chad Morris wanted to sign with Clemson. After an eight-month courtship, Watson committed to the Tigers on signing day in 2012.

A mid-year enrollee, Watson will compete for the vacant quarterback job with Cole Stoudt and Chad Kelly.



The Stud

Defense
LB Korie Rogers


Rogers
Just right down the road from Watson's hometown of Gainesville, Ga. is Buford, which has one of the premier high school programs in the country. Rogers has been, arguably, their best player over the last few years.

A four-star, according to Scout.com, Rogers is ranked as the No. 10 middle linebacker in the class of 2014. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect committed to Clemson in May of last year, spurning offers from Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee.

When he arrives to Clemson later this year, he could compete for a spot in the two-deep at any of the three linebacker positions.



The Sleeper

Offense
RB Jae'lon Oglesby


Oglesby
A big thanks to the folks at Scout.com responsible for rating Oglesby as a three-star and ranking him the No. 84 running back in the country, because this one is too obvious.

Dabo Swinney told reporters on Wednesday that Oglesby is capable of doing a number of different things on the offensive side of the ball. So, before his days at Clemson are all said and done, Oglesby will probably line up at running back, wide receiver and at quarterback in a wildcat package.

As a senior at Daniel High School, Oglesby rushed for 2,213 yards and 21 touchdowns on 221 carries. He caught 38 passes for 557 yards and six scores and completed 1-of-2 passes for 65 yards and a score.

Despite his size [5-11, 175], Oglesby could be too good to keep off the field as a freshman.



The Sleeper

Defense
LB Jalen Williams

Linebackers that are under 6-feet tall tend to be overlooked. Williams is no exception. Clemson was his only BCS offer. Among the other schools that offered: Air Force, Appalachian State, Furman and Wofford.

Despite racking up over 100 tackles during his senior season at Blythewood High School, Williams wasn't picked for the Shrine Bowl. Instead, he played in the North-South Game and was named MVP for the North team after recording six tackles and a scoop and score.

Though he's on track to grayshirt and enroll at Clemson in January, one has to believe it will all be used as motivation for the two-star prospect. At the very least, he'll be a force on the Tigers' special teams.



Don't Forget About

OG Justin Falcinelli

Because it tends to happen to offensive linemen, and this guy is too nasty to overlook. The three-star prospect will bring an edge to the interior of Clemson's offensive line.

Scout.com Northeast Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn likes a lot about Falcinelli's game.

"Falcinelli plays physical and nasty, and that is a good thing. He is strong and once he gets on a block, he doesn't allow the defensive player to disengage and become involved in the play. He works hard to keep his pad level low and he continues to drive his legs, and he is relentless in finishing his blocks."

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