Camp Confidential: Final Day

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4-star DE Andrew Williams

CLEMSON - The final session of Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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’s high school camp wrapped up Friday morning, and while most of the big-name talent left after Thursday’s session, a few big names stopped by to observe the Friday session.

The first one we noticed was 4-star defensive end Andrew Williams Andrew Williams
Defensive End
6-4, 240
McDonough, GA

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out of McDonough (GA) Eagle's Landing Christian, who got a hug from recruiter and defensive ends coach Marion HobbyMarion Hobby
Assistant Coach / Defensive Ends
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when he arrived. Williams didn’t work out during the session, but simply observed Hobby’s group. Williams looks every bit of his listed 6-4, 245 pounds.

He holds offers from all of the big name schools, but early returns have Clemson, Auburn and Notre Dame firmly in the mix. He has said he will release a top ten on Twitter at some point in the next week.

2015 DE Jalen Dalton
Williams spent part of the session talking to 2015 defensive end Jalen Dalton, a 6-6, 220-pounder out of Clemmons (NC) West Forsyth. Both of those players were scheduled to be on campus for a few hours once camp ended.

*Clemson linebacker commit Korie Rogers Korie Rogers
Outside Linebacker
6-2, 200
Buford, GA

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was still on campus, but didn’t take part in the workouts as he watched Venables work out the group of linebackers still at camp. I did watch Rogers work out with Venables’ group for a long time on Thursday, and he impressed me with his “striking” ability. Venables likes to run his linebackers through a drill where someone holds a bad, and the linebackers cut one way, then another and then head to the “running back” with the pad. Rogers made a loud thud when he hit the bag, and showed an ability to use his legs to drive into the tackle.

Overall, he looks like a fast and physical backer who will start his college career on the outside, but could move inside if he adds weight.

*We’ve had very good returns on kicker Alex Spence out of Florence (SC) West Florence. Spence is being recruited by Danny PearmanDanny Pearman
Assistant Head Coach / Tight Ends
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, and attended Clemson’s spring game. Spence figures to be one of the nation’s top kicking prospects for 2014, and he looks like a kicker who can do it all.

Clemson loses Chandler Catanzaro after this season, and the status of Ammon Lakip (who left school in the spring) still isn’t known, so the Tigers might be in the mix for a kicker.

Spence has a strong leg, and it’s obvious he is going to be a really good kicker for someone. He can punt and handle kickoffs as well, but his strength appears to be on the field goal side of things. If Lakip doesn’t return for the 2014 season, Clemson would have to turn to Bradley Pinion, who is slated to be the starting punter and kickoff specialist this season. Grabbing Spence would be a huge.

*We have plenty of information we gathered at the camps, including information on Clemson’s commits that were in action. We are going to try and spread a lot of the information out over the next few weeks of downtime, including recruits’ reactions to the visit.

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