Player Development


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Player Development
This Clemson football staff gets a lot of credit for being great recruiters and the recruiting classes in recent years have been among the best in school history.

But I think they don't get enough credit for player development. Everyone wants to talk about how Dabo is only a great recruiter. I hear how its is only the scheme of Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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that won games in the past four seasons. I see where Joey Batson and the strength and conditioning programs take a beating on the internet.

So raise your hand if four years ago you thought Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
Defensive End (2010 - 2014)
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA

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would be a top 10 NFL draft pick. How many of us thought Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Defensive Tackle (2011 - 2014)
#50 6-0, 290
Conyers, GA

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would be a name called on the second day of the draft?

Sure it was easy to see Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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rise to the fourth overall pick in last year's draft but remember Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
Offensive Line (2009 - 2013)
#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC

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went from a high school tight end to the 100th overall pick as an offensive lineman. Bashaud BreelandBashaud Breeland
(2010 - 2013)
#17 6-0, 195
Allendale, SC

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was not highly recruited out of high school but left Clemson after his junior season and had a great rookie season in Washington. When Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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first showed up at Clemson he couldn't catch a cold. He had a wonderful year in the NFL for the Steelers.

The point is that it is not only about talent acquisition at Clemson. Sure it helps to sign five star players like CJ Spiller, Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
So. Quarterback
#4 6-2, 205
Gainesville, GA

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, Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Linebacker (2011 - 2014)
#42 6-3, 245
Polkton, NC

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, Christian WilkinsChristian Wilkins
Fr. Defensive Tackle
# 6-5, 305
Longmeadow, CT

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and Deon CainDeon Cain
Fr. Wide Receiver
# 6-1, 190
Tampa, FL

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.

There is a decent chance that Clemson will have future first rounders with great players already on campus and those coming this year. It is not a reach to think Watson will be a very rich man in two or three years. Players like Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
Jr. Safety
#20 6-4, 210
Fort Myers, FL

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and Mackensie AlexanderMackensie Alexander
RS So. Cornerback
#2 5-10, 190
Immokalee, FL

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came to Clemson with great potential and it didn't surprise anyone that they have turned into future NFL prospects. They are young, but players like Mitch HyattMitch Hyatt
Fr. Offensive Line
#75 6-6, 270
Sugar Hill, GA

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, Cain, Wilkins, Ray Ray McCloud, Milan RichardMilan Richard
RS Fr. Tight End
#80 6-2, 245
Savannah, GA

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and Mark FieldsMark Fields
Fr. Cornerback
# 5-10, 185
Cornelius, NC

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should already be thinking about a potential NFL career if they stay healthy.

But how many of us saw Mike WilliamsMike Williams
Jr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-4, 210
Vance, SC

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in high school and thought here is a guy we are worried about leaving for the NFL after his junior season? How many of us saw Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
So. Defensive End
#90 6-3, 269
Central, SC

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as a guy that could have left after his sophomore season at Clemson?

In the next few years there will be other Grady Jarretts. I don't mean they will be as productive as Jarrett. Instead, I am speaking about players that the staff didn't have to beat Ohio State on, but still go on to NFL careers.

This staff doesn't get enough credit for player development. We all get excited on signing day when another five star signs with the Tigers. But we should also have the confidence in the track record of Marion HobbyMarion Hobby
Co-DC / Defensive Ends
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and Dan BrooksDan Brooks
Assoc. Head Coach / Def. Tackles
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. We should know that every day Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
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is working. We should look at the results of Batson and the conditioning staff.

No, this program is not about just talent acquisition. It is also about player development. Just ask Beasley and Jarrett.

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Thomasville, GA

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Linebacker
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Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
Spartanburg, SC

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Safety (2011 - 2014)
#27 5-11, 215
St. George, SC

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