Big-time California receiver has Tigers in top two after Swinney offer
|Friday, June 14, 2019, 7:01 AM- -|
The National Championship Game for the 2022 season will be played on Monday, January 9 of 2023 in Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in California, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney thinks that game could be quite a homecoming for 4-star receiver Beaux Collins.
Collins is a teammate of 5-star quarterback commit DJ Uiagalelei at Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco and he made the trip to Clemson this week for Swinney’s high school camp. Collins turned in one of the more impressive performances in camp and walked out with a coveted Clemson offer, capping off his visit.
“It went great. It was a great visit. I thought there was great energy around the campus, and Coach Swinney seemed like a really genuine guy,” Collins told TigerNet. “What stood out to me the most was how long the receivers coach, Jeff Scott, has been there with Coach Swinney. There are just great vibes at Clemson. It was a learning experience for me, just to see how he coaches and get the vibe from him.”
Swinney and Scott took Collins to Death Valley to make the announcement of an offer.
“It was a pretty special moment for me. One of the biggest moments of my life so far, just being able to get the offer from Coach Swinney and Coach Scott in Death Valley, that was pretty big,” Collins said. “First, they walked up to me and Coach Swinney told me how the National Championship is going to be in California in 2023 and he was just saying how they loved me as a person more than a player first. He then said that they wanted to offer me a scholarship. That was pretty big to me.”
Collins currently boasts 25 offers, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Ohio St., Notre Dame, Texas, and Southern Cal. However, the Tigers and one other school stand alone.
“To me, the Clemson offer is a kind of validation that I am one of the top recruits in the nation,” Collins said. “But I know I still have a lot of work to do. Clemson right now is top two for me, along with Ohio St.”
Collins said he hopes to make a return trip to Clemson for a game this season, and then said he didn’t mind playing away from home.
“My parents are all for me leaving California and getting experience away from them, I think it would be great for me to leave California,” Collins said.
Another highlight for Collins was spending time with Clemson receivers Amari Rodgers, Tee Higgins, and Justyn Ross.
“I met Amari, Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross, and Trevor Lawrence and a couple of other players when we were hanging out with them before and after the camp,” he said. “They are pretty cool dudes. For Tee Higgins, meeting him was like a dream come true. I see him play on TV every weekend, and just to be able to meet him and have a conversation with him was great. And then to have them give me pointers on receiving stuff was amazing to me.”