Overton's Decision: Playing time versus long-range development


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Overton and Cornell Powell (R) are good friends
Overton and Cornell Powell (R) are good friends

Diondre Overton has narrowed his college choice to just two schools, and now he wants to take the holidays to mull over which of the two is the best fit.

The 4-star 2016 wide receiver out of Greensboro (NC) Page will choose between Clemson and North Carolina St. at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on January 3rd in Carson, California. The choice comes down to long-range success versus immediate playing time as he takes a long look at both the Tigers and the Wolfpack.

Overton, who caught 78 passes for 1251 yards and 15 touchdowns this past season for Rose, has long been considered a strong lean to Clemson, and part of that has been his relationship with receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott.

“He is just a great coach overall. He has helped his receivers reach their full potential and also get them to the next level,” Overton told TigerNet. “That is a great aspect to have in a college coach. You always want him to develop you as a wide receiver and make you better. He is that kind of coach.”

Overton also likes what he sees out of head coach Dabo Swinney, even when Swinney dances after wins.

“I just feel like that he is a great coach. He has a positive attitude for his players,” Overton said. “I've seen him at practice and he's very upbeat. That's a beautiful thing to see in a coach.”

Clemson currently sits at 13-0, is ranked number one nationally and will play against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve for a chance to play in the national championship the second week of January. However, Overton said the records don’t matter when it comes to picking a school.

“Not necessarily. I just look at the program as a whole,” he said. “I look at it as to where I would fit in. It's not where they are now but where I would fit in and develop as a wide receiver.”

That leads him to N.C. State, a place where he could potentially earn early playing time.

“The reason N.C. State is still in it is because of what they have to offer for me, like playing time,” he said. “I am 6-5 and they feel like they don't have enough receivers to go up and get it on the outside. I feel like the opportunity there would be good just because of the position I would play there.

“With Clemson, it's just the entire program and the way they have been developing their wide receivers. I feel like they can really help me there and get me to the next level.”

Overton was in attendance when the two teams met on Halloween, a 56-41 Clemson victory that showed just how special quarterback Deshaun Watson can be.

“It was a great game overall and I was trying to see where I could fit in on both teams. It was a fast game and high-scoring, and at first there was a lot of back-and-forth,” Overton said. “It was a fun game to watch. Deshaun (Watson) has a lot of talent and he can really throw the ball. I feel like that's the quarterback you would always want to have. He can run it and he can throw it and he can do pretty much anything on the field.”

Next up? Making the best decision while getting input from his parents and Clemson wide receiver commit (and friend) Cornell Powell.

“I am going to sit down with my parents and talk about it and pray about it. We are going to figure out which is the best school for me,” he said. “I don't really think I know. It's hard right now and I'm just trying to make the best decision for me. Cornell tells me it's (Clemson) a great program, I would fit in there and he would love to play beside me.”

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spacer At 6'5 he'd play sooner then he might think
tigersincepell®
spacer Yes. but next year in front of him
BFRT_King Ranch®
spacer The Clemson to NFL WR pipeline is
lovingit®
spacer He'd be our tallest WR.
TigerHawk76®
spacer There's also no assurance, at least at this point....
BigCUFan®
spacer Williams could have come back and played this year.***
Spud®
spacer Not so sure about that.....
BigCUFan®
spacer I'm tellin' ya. He could have come back.***
Spud®
spacer The neck brace has been off for a few weeks now ...
ClemKWA
spacer I respect his decision to take his time but
Bleedorange09
spacer The young man hasn't committed
rhettm
spacer Re: The young man hasn't committed
fencebusters®
spacer Thats a good point
Bleedorange09
spacer Re: I respect his decision to take his time but
ash4trek
spacer Patience
carolinachef
spacer The young man needs to understand....
BigCUFan®
spacer Advice, look at the potential...
TigerBank
spacer Seems like a good, thoughtful young man
Tgrlvr1989
spacer Indeed!***
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GCTiger73
spacer Does NCST have a decent QB to replace Brissett?***
robertn
spacer Jalan McClendon backed-up Brissett....
BigCUFan®
spacer I guess that's not terrible. I would think looking for a
robertn
spacer DW4 will not be throwing much to these guys
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Anonymous08®
spacer Not saying we are a lock to get him but...
bigb1368
spacer Re: Not saying we are a lock to get him but...
tigerdru93
spacer Nuk, Sammy, Jaron, Bryant, Humphries ... nuff said.***
apextiger®
spacer His decision will be what's best for him.
cofctigerincola®
spacer I hope we land Overton, but..
Carlsbad®
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ash4trek
spacer Good point and also my biggest worry.**
Carlsbad®
spacer I'd love to see him playing for the Tigers--just hope he...
TigerClause123
spacer This decision is easy if...
theo042296
spacer The only thing that will slow him down from getting on the field his FR year
soywaker®
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Tigershaq®
spacer TJ Chase is a stud too without question.
Carlsbad®
spacer Oh and Hopper too who has improved big time.**
Carlsbad®
spacer Re: Oh and Hopper too who has improved big time.**
powerman®
spacer Re: Oh and Hopper too who has improved big time.**
ChucktownTigertown®
spacer Can he Fair Catch? If so, he's got a chance to play soon...***
TooterTownTiger
spacer Fair catch and make the catch, we had issues with that too.
ClemKWA
spacer Is it a fair catch if you don't make the catch?***
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spacer He'll get a lot more national exposure at Clemson.
cutgrfan®
spacer He should go where he will be happy. However, Clemson
TigerzzRoar®
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fencebusters®
spacer Clemson could use a 6'5 Overton and 6'4 Williams
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