Who plays, who sits: Offense

Less than a week removed from Signing Day, CUTigers takes a way too early look at which freshmen could play when the 2014 campaign kicks off this fall.

In this first part of our two-part series, we take a look at which offensive players will play, which ones will redshirt and just how confident we are with those predictions.

QB Deshaun Watson
Watson enrolled at Clemson in January to help ensure that he has every opportunity to win the starting quarterback job in 2014. Coming off a knee injury at the end of his senior season, Watson should be 100 percent ready to roll by the time practice opens next month. He comes to Clemson from an offense that is very similar to the one he operated for four seasons at Gainesville High School in Georgia. Even though Watson could avoid a redshirt in the fall, this is not a prediction that he'll win the starting job.
Prediction: Plays
Confidence: Medium

RB Adam Choice
Watson isn't the only highly productive high school quarterback from Georgia who's looking to make an impact at Clemson. A.T. Thomas County Central, Choice quarterbacked a run-first, triple-option attack that was extremely effective when the ball was in his hands. The school's all-time leading rusher will move to running back when he gets to college. In addition to the position change, Choice is coming off a serious shoulder injury that required surgery in December.
Prediction: Redshirts
Confidence: High


Oglesby is in the long line of Daniel products to sign with Clemson.
RB Jae'lon Oglesby
As Dabo Swinney pointed out on Signing Day, Oglesby could work in a number of different capacities at Clemson, including running back, wide receiver and wildcat quarterback. Listed at 175 pounds, Oglesby might need to add some size before asked to contribute. Despite the presence of five upperclassmen running backs already on the roster, could also prove to be too good to keep off the field.
Prediction: Redshirts
Confidence: Low

RB C.J. Fuller
Size won't be an issue for Fuller by the time he gets to Clemson. Listed at 5-foot-11, 198 pounds by the school's site, Fuller fits the profile of running back that Chad Morris has targeted. With five running backs already on campus, it could be difficult for Fuller play in 2014.
Prediction: Redshirts
Confidence: High

WR Trevion Thompson
On Signing Day, recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Jeff Scott told reporters that Thompson will play the 9-position when he gets to Clemson this summer. The lone signee at the position not to enroll in January will play the position that's been occupied by DeAndre Hopkins and Martavis Bryant in previous seasons. Mike Williams is in line for the starting job, but Thompson could be a serious contender for a spot in the two-deep.
Prediction: Plays
Confidence: High

WR Demarre Kitt
Kitt could end up playing any one of the three wide receiver positions [2, 5 and 9]. A very productive pass catcher at Georgia's Sandy Creek High School, Kitt was a participant in U.S. Army All-American game. In addition to his skills as a receiver, Kitt also adds value as a punt returner, so that could also increase his chances of playing this fall.
Prediction: Plays
Confidence: Medium

WR Kyrin Priester
Had Priester qualified out of Brookwood High School in 2013, there's a pretty good chance that he would have worked into the two-deep rotation, likely at the 5-position where Jaron Brown, Charone Peake and Adam Humphries have started in the past. After spending a semester at Fork Union Military Academy, Priester will be in the mix for the No. 2 spot behind Peake with Green and, perhaps, Kitt.
Prediction: Plays
Confidence: Medium

WR Artavis Scott
If Oglesby isn't the most explosive playmaker that was signed by Clemson in 2014, then it was Scott. The four-star wide receiver prospect is on campus and will make a serious push for time at the 2-position, which Humphries will likely win before the season. At 5-11, 185 pounds, he'll need to add a little bit of size, but that shouldn't be an issue since he's already on campus. Most expect that Scott will see the field and make a pretty significant impact this season.
Prediction: Plays
Confidence: High

TE Cannon Smith
When you can fend off Nick Saban to win a prospect's signature, that alone is a victory. But Clemson had one big factor working in their favor: his dad, Bill Smith, is a Board of Trustee who played defensive end for the Tigers' 1981 National Championship team. Though the younger Smith was recruited to Clemson as a tight end, he could move inside to tackle before his career is all said and done. He's already listed at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds.
Prediction: Redshirts
Confidence: Medium


Falcinelli was one of two offensive linemen signed by Clemson in 2014.
TE Milan Richard
Richard also has some pretty good bloodlines. His uncle, Herschel Walker and both of his parents ran track for the Bulldogs. Richard is a pretty solid football prospect in his own right, but he'll have his work cut out for him if he's going to see the field this fall. Clemson returns several tight ends in 2014, including Sam Cooper, Stanton Seckinger, Jordan Leggett and Jay Jay McCullough.
Prediction: Redshirts
Confidence: Medium

OG Justin Falcinelli
There probably aren't many 6-foot-5, 300-pound lacrosse players. Falcinelli was a four-year letter-winner in the sport at Middletown High School in Maryland. A three-time state champion and two-year all-state performer in football, Falcinelli will compete for a two-deep spot at one of the two guard positions when he arrives to Clemson later this summer.
Prediction: Redshirts
Confidence: Low

OL Taylor Hearn
Hearn was an offensive tackle at Williston-Elko High School but there's a chance that he'll move inside to guard when he gets to Clemson later this summer.
Prediction: Redshirts
Confidence: High

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