Carver HS pipeline could send another prospect to Clemson

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Carver connection - Samuel (Blue), Marqui Hawkins (White), Corey Crawford (#93)

Artimas Samuel Artimas Samuel
Wide Receiver
6-2, 205
Columbus, GA

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is just like several of his teammates at Carver High School in Columbus, Ga., in that he has offers from several Division I schools.

However, he’s still waiting on the one that he really wants, and that is an offer from the Clemson Tigers.

The 6-3, 225-pounder caught 27 passes for 356 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, and he is projected as either a tight end or a wide receiver on the next level, and some even see him on the defensive side of the ball.

“I have no idea what position I am going to play in college,” Samuel told TigerNet Thursday afternoon. “Some say I can play receivers, other want to see me as a tight end and others see as more of an H-back. And because of my body-type, other schools see me as playing defense. But, I would rather play on the offensive side of the ball at receiver.”

Samuel was on campus last Saturday, where he watched the Orange and White Game with Carver teammates Deion Bonner Deion Bonner
Defensive Back
5'11, 185
Columbus, GA

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[2012 defensive back] and Marquis Hawkins [2013 quarterback.] They watched Carver alums and current Tigers David Beasley and Corey Crawford perform in Death Valley, and Samuel said he received advice from both players.

“I had a great time at Clemson,” he said. “It’s a great coaching staff and a great environment. But it was good to see those guys again, and it was good to get a chance to hear from people we know and we have a relationship with. They told us how it will actually be.

“David just told us that whatever we want, we can get if we work hard enough. He said if we want to get to the next level, we have to work harder than everybody else. He told us that if we work, the coaches will make sure that you are taken care of. And it was fun to watch Corey – he is something else.”

He said he also enjoyed watching Chad Morris’ offense at work.

“That offense has a lot of potential,” he said. “I know they like to spread it out and create mismatches, and that is the type of offense I am looking for on the next level.”

The Tigers were the first school to start recruiting Samuel, and while he has picked up offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Miami (Fla.), Southern Cal, Georgia and Florida, he has yet to get the offer he really wants.

“Clemson has not offered me as of yet,” he said. “I mean, really, out of all the offers I have gotten, Clemson is the one I have been waiting for, the one I want to come through. I talk to my recruiter, Coach [Charlie] Harbison, all the time. But I’m still waiting.”

He said that until, or even if, Clemson offers, his top two are Alabama and Georgia, in that order.

“Those two are my top two right now,” he said. “I am going to be in one of those two places this weekend, and I am going to decide that tonight. And this summer, I will be taking trips to Miami and Southern Cal.”

Unless fate - and Clemson - intervenes.

“Clemson has a great atmosphere and great facilities,” he said. “They have great coaches, and it is a great place to build a foundation for the rest of your life and get a good education. It’s a great place.”

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