The Tigers didn't win a majority of the in-state recruiting wars this past year, but one big one they did win was with Camden's all-world wide receiver Kelvin Grant. Grant was, without question, the most polished wide receiver in high school football in South Carolina during the 2001 season.
He caught 59 passes for 1,194 yards and 15 touchdowns this past year while helping lead Camden to a perfect 15-0 record and the AAA State Championship. As a junior, he hauled in another 42 passes for 887 yards and 7 more scores.
His accolades are numerous as he was an All-American by SuperPrep, USA Today and Tom Lemming and an all-state, all-region, and all-area both his junior and senior seasons.
Grant (6'2, 207, 4.4) has many strengths, and fortunately he is following in the new mold of the typical Clemson receiver- he's tall, fast, and aggressive when the ball goes in the air. He has a 37-inch vertical, so he can go up and battle for the football with anyone. He also has excellent football instincts, seemingly able to avoid big hits and gain extra yardage in the open field with ease.
Interestingly enough, Grant committed to Georgia the weekend before he ended up making his final decision. In the end though, he chose the Tigers over the Dawgs and South Carolina. "I couldn't go wrong with any of those three schools. I wanted to go to Clemson since last year. During this whole process, I had to try and convince myself that I didn't want to go to Clemson. Obviously, if you have to convince yourself that you don't want to go somewhere, that's where you want to go. I slept on it every night and kept waking up to Clemson," said Grant.
Kelvin will be one of several true freshmen that will see action right away in 2002. He's just too talented of an athlete to keep off the field, despite his lack of experience. Don't be surprised to see him returning kickoffs against Georgia come August 31st. He registered five touchdowns from kickoff returns during his career at Camden, including a 90-yard touchdown return to win a game in the state playoffs last season. He'll also likely crack the two-deep depth chart at wide receiver before the end of the 2002 season.
How soon that happens will likely be determined by how quickly he picks up Tommy Bowden's fast paced offense.
2002 Profile: WR Kelvin Grant
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