As CUTigers has projected for sometime now, Derion Kendrick, the #95 overall player in the 2018 Scout 300, has committed to play at Clemson. He just committed to coach Dabo Swinney moments ago in an exit meeting with his mother and Coach Dabo Swinney, choosing the Tigers over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Derion joins #1 overall 2018 prospect Trevor Lawrence, Jake Venables and Mike Jones Jr. as the fourth member of the class of 2018. Clemson recruited Kendrick specifically to play slot WR at Clemson, the role now held by Ray Ray McCloud and soon to be held by 2017 signee Amari Rodgers.
Kendrick is the #1 overall player in the state of SC for the 2018 year, as the previous top two prospects (Xavier Thomas and Stephon Wynn, Jr.) have relocated to IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. Ironically, they were both in Clemson with Derion on the visit this weekend, also taking part in Junior Days.
Derion comes to Clemson from Rock Hill, SC, where he has played QB this season for the South Pointe Stallions. He's coached by Jibrille Fewell both at South Pointe and on his travel team, Carolina Xposure.
Coach Fewell and the staff at Carolna Xposure have a great mission statement and wanted to share that here to show you that a lot of player development is going on at the high school level all over the Carolinas.
The purpose of the Carolina Xposure Sports Academy is to prepare student athletes to succeed in life through our mentoring program. Our student athletes typically come from under-resourced families in under-served communities, and need financial assistance in order to attend college. Many of our student athletes are from populations that are under-represented on college campuses. We want to increase the achievement levels and exposure of student athletes. The program will reach out to and make a difference in the community and the lives of its youth. Carolina Xposure Sports Academy uses a variety of resources and platforms that will make a positive impact in their lives physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Stay tuned here at CUTigers.com, as we follow Derion throughout his senior season, and don't forget to keep it right here on National Signing Day next week!