Ranking the Freshmen WRs

CUTigers.com breaks down Clemson's incoming class at wide receiver.

#1. Marquan Jones (6-0, 175)

STRENGTHS - hands, route running, catches ball well in traffic.

WEAKNESSES- game day experience, breakaway speed, size.

NOTES - Jones may have had the most surprising spring of any player on Clemson's roster. After enrolling as a true freshman in January, he dominated Clemson's defense at times during the months of March and April as proven by his eight-catch 117 yard, two touchdown performance in the second spring scrimmage held in Death Valley. Much in the mold of Chansi Stuckey, Jones is already physically ahead of schedule and has surprisingly good moves in the open field.

"He's polished," said head coach Tommy Bowden when asked about Jones. "He runs good routes. Has good hands and does everything we've asked of him. He'll play for us this fall. I don't think there's any question about him being able to help us out."

#2. Brandon Ford (6-3,205)

STRENGTHS - size, hands, grabs ball at its highest point, athletic.

WEAKNESSES - experience, pure speed.

NOTES - Ford was one of the most productive wide receivers in the nation last year at the high school level but is likely looking at a redshirt season during his first year at Clemson. A physical wide out, Ford's playing time should increase significantly as he goes through his Clemson career, much in the same way as a Kevin Youngblood or Rod Gardner. However, all of that will come after he likely redshirts his first year in the program.

#3. Jaron Brown (6-2,190)

STRENGTHS- height, versatility, hands.

WEAKNESSES - experience on offense.

NOTES - As one of the first prospects signed from Cheraw in the last 20 years, Brown figured to make the move to defense shortly after his arrival later this summer. Not so fast. Brown told CUTigers.com in a recent interview he plans to prove himself as a wide receiver and he expects to stay there during his college career. While not blessed with blazing speed, he's faster than expected. He also has good size and could find a long term spot on offense by catching everything thrown his way during preseason camp. If that doesn't work, he could always try his hand at safety as well.

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