Tigers impress Texas 4-star

Reggie Hemphill, one of the most highly-coveted wide receivers in the class of 2016, was in Clemson earlier this week for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp.

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The 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect was joined by several of his Manvel High School [Texas] teammates for Monday's two practices.

"You could tell it was like a big family vibe there with the coaching staff and I liked that about the place," Hemphill told CUTigers on Wednesday night, shortly after returning home.

The group went to Kentucky and Louisville before Clemson. After Clemson, they stopped by Auburn before heading back to Manvel.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was joined by recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Jeff Scott in May for a visit to Manvel, which sits just south of Houston. That's when Tigers tendered an offer.

Hemphill enjoyed his first visit to Clemson, in particular the interaction with the two assistant coaches.

"It was great. I got along real well. They're real funny guys. They kept me laughing the whole time I was there," he said.

But it was a former Clemson wide receiver first piqued his interest in the school.

"Sammy Watkins was one of the top receivers that I liked in college and I really didn't like that many, so he was one of my top. I kind of model my game after his," Hemphill said.

Several schools have offered, including LSU, Michigan State, Ole Miss, UNC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA. He has no favorites.

"I'm just taking it slow," Hemphill said.

One factor in particular will be weighed the heaviest along the way.

"I want that school to develop me into an NFL receiver, to get my fundamentals right, to be one of the best in the country in a couple of years," he said.

As a sophomore, Hemphill caught 28 passes for 569 yards with 10 touchdowns. As a freshman, he had 10 catches for 400 yards and six touchdowns.

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