Playoff performance leads to offer from Clemson's head coach


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Denzel Johnson during a visit to Death Valley

It always helps to play your best because you never know who might be watching - a lesson that one in-state athlete learned during the first round the state AAA playoffs.

A.C. Flora athlete Denzel Johnson Denzel Johnson
Wide Receiver
6-2, 190
Columbia, SC

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has owned an offer from Clemson since his junior year of high school, but a highlight reel performance in the Falcons' 37-14 victory over Daniel High School - where several members of the Clemson coaching staffs' sons play - caught head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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's attention.

Johnson (6-1, 195) had a greyshirt offer from Clemson, but when a spot opened up in Clemson's 2015 class, Swinney remembered the two-star athlete's performance and offered him a full scholarship.

"I can't exactly remember but it was after the game where we played Daniel in the playoffs because Coach Swinney was at the game," Johnson told TigerNet Monday afternoon. "After that game is when I started hearing from Clemson more."

The Clemson head coach has been Johnson's main recruiter over the last couple of months.

"Definitely, Coach Swinney. I talk to him the most," Johnson said. "He said that he was impressed with how I play both sides of the ball so well and he liked my toughness. He wanted to give me an official visit."

Johnson plays both defensive back and wide receiver and is equally successful on both sides of the ball. He caught 38 passes for 760 yards and seven touchdowns, carried the ball 41 times for 542 yards and three scores, and added over 40 tackles with three pass breakups on defense.

However, he doesn't have a preference where he plays on the next level.

"I like both sides of the ball the same," he said. It doesn't really matter as long as I'm playing." Clemson coaches want him on the defensive side of the ball.

Johnson said that he has seen what Clemson has to offer as far as a game day environment.

"I actually had an offer my junior year," he said. "I came up there a few times a couple of years ago and had a lot of fun. The fans up there are crazy and the environment is pretty amazing."

However, he wants to get a feel for the campus and coaching staff during this weekend's official visit.

"My dad and my little brother and cousin are coming with me this weekend," he said. "I just want to have a good time and I hope that I will feel comfortable at Clemson and like the campus and everything."

Johnson has offers from Georgia Southern, Towson, Liberty, Old Dominion and Georgia State and has visit scheduled to N.C. State and Georgia Southern, but he said that a commitment to Clemson this weekend isn't out of the question.

"Yes. It's definitely a possibility," he said.

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New Story: Playoff performance leads to offer from Clemson's head coach.
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Tigerdug23®
Re: New Story: Playoff performance leads to offer from Clemson's head coach.
deroberts
His performance in Remember the Titans was impressive too***
franc1968®
Bible study at Liberty is top notch. Don't dismiss this.***
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Trashing a possible Tiger that Dabo is impressed with
GrayBengal®
I trust Dabo but it seems like a grey shirt may have been
ancientorange
Re: I trust Dabo but it seems like a grey shirt may have been
whatweeatin®
Re: I trust Dabo but it seems like a grey shirt may have been
ancientorange
Understandable, all a Greyshirt is is a recruit that
MRTTMT
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AikenTiger1114
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BrabbTiger22
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AikenTiger1114
Isn't Denzel a 3 star by some services ?
MRTTMT
Re: I trust Dabo but it seems like a grey shirt may have been
Tiger4life03
What a great judge of talent, actually thinking Sammy
Tiger5
Hey guys.. 3 years ago i said Andrew Luck was going to be
TigersAndCubs
I'm sorry, are you a division 1 college football coach?
SquishyWaffle
Re: I'm sorry, are you a division 1 college football coach?
CUPeake19
Re: I'm sorry, are you a division 1 college football coach?
CUPeake19
Re: I'm sorry, are you a division 1 college football coach?
CUPeake19
Re: I'm sorry, are you a division 1 college football coach?
deroberts
Re: I'm sorry, are you a division 1 college football coach?
CUPeake19
Good thing your opinion...
Tiger8693
Amen!***
GrayBengal®
Re: I trust Dabo but it seems like a grey shirt may have been
ancientorange
Coot Deams.he's Bama/Auburn lock
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footballmanager
Re: I trust Dabo but it seems like a grey shirt may have been
ancientorange
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CUPeake19
Not being smart but playing against Daniel is not small time
MyfavOrange®
Ryan carter 2.0
CUPeake19
very indepth there. Why don't you start you a recruiting
MyfavOrange®
Re: New Story: Playoff performance leads to offer from Clemson's head coach.
tplemin
Nothing like opening the door to recruiting @ AC Flora right
SOLOS®
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I bleed orange
This is a good take. Columbia kid and legit tape.
Tiger Woods
After reading some of the comments on this thread
phonograf®
Offers from NC State, Louisville, and ND as well***
clempsun
coach watch out -
footballmanager
These are the kind of guys that end up being superstars,like
orangeman
My guess is safety or WILL ...***
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