Friday Night Lights: Clemson commits and targets shine


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Tee Higgins was good on both sides of the ball Friday night
Tee Higgins was good on both sides of the ball Friday night

Clemson commitments and targets had stellar week zero and week one contests this past weekend as high school football got underway across the country.

This week might be even better as more players start the season, including a primetime matchup as quarterback commit Chase Brice and the Grayson Rams take on the IMG Ascenders in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN.

IMG features Clemson linebacker commit Mike Jones and wide receiver target Brian Hightower. Grayson has Clemson targets in linebacker Owen Pappoe and Jamyest Williams.

The game will be the opener for Grayson, but the Rams scrimmaged this past weekend and Brice was sharp: He finished the scrimmage 7-of-11 passing for 209 yards and four touchdown passes in the first half. He did not play in the second half, but he also looked good running the ball.

Clemson commits

*Tee Higgins, WR, Oak Ridge (TN): Higgins had two catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns offensively, but also shined defensively. He had two interceptions in a 56-21 win at Clinton.

*LeAnthony Williams, CB, Roswell (GA): Williams had an outstanding night as he registered eight tackles, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble in a 24-7 victory against Buford.

*Cordarrian Richardson, RB, Memphis (TN) Trezevant: Richard had just four carries but ran for 107 yards and a touchdown as Trezevant downed Memphis KIPP 36-6.

*Amari Rodgers, WR, Knoxville Catholic (TN): Rodgers four catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns (60 yards and 32 yards) and had a 62-yard punt return touchdown in a 63-30 victory at Morristown West. Rodgers left the game after hurting his shoulder again, but he told TigerNet late Sunday that it wasn’t the same shoulder he injured (torn labrum) earlier this summer. He said x-rays were negative and he expects to play this week.

*Baylon Spector, LB, Calhoun (GA.): Rushed for two scores (four yards and 59 yards) as the quarterback in a 28-0 shutout of Douglass.

*Hunter Johnson, QB, Brownsburg (IN): Johnson completed 14-of-32 passes for 242 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in a 28-26 victory.

Clemson targets

*Trevor Lawrence, QB, Cartersville (GA): Threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns (36, 46, 12) in a 30-14 victory against Allatoona.

*Derion Kendrick, WR/DB, Rock Hill (SC) South Pointe: Kendrick rushed for 118 yards and two scores (3, 9) on 23 carries in a 30-23 win against Northwestern and 2017 linebacker commitment Logan Rudolph. He was also 12-of-22 through the air for 133 yards.

*Xavier Thomas, DE, Florence (SC) Wilson: The top-ranked prospect for 2018 had a sack and a 4-yard touchdown run in a 27-6 win at Timmonsville.

*Xavier McKinney, DB, Roswell (GA): Had a 91-yard kickoff return for a score in a in a 24-7 victory against Buford.

*Dakereon Joyner, QB/ATH, North Charleston (SC) Fort Dorchester: Completed 14-of-23 passies for 439 yards and five touchdowns (72, 80, 24, 77, 79) in a 48-35 win against Sandy Creek (GA). He also had 70 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

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