Quarterback competition ends with offer, Swinney shows his wide receiver roots


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Sean Pollard visited Clemson's camp Saturday
Sean Pollard visited Clemson's camp Saturday

CLEMSON – The competition was as hot as the weather Saturday afternoon in Clemson.

Over 250 day campers joined up with the 900 that were already on campus for the afternoon sessions of Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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’s high school camp, and with offers on the line there were several competitions worth watching.

Let’s start with the quarterbacks. Four-star 2017 quarterback Chase BriceChase Brice
Quarterback
6-3, 195
Loganville, GA

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out of Loganville (GA) Grayson was in the same group with 3-star Kellen Mond of San Antonio (TX) Reagan, and the two took turns impressing.

Brice plays for Mickey Conn at Grayson – Swinney’s former teammate – and we’ve heard that Conn has changed his offense with the Rams to more closely resemble the offense that Clemson runs. Brice already has 14 offers – including Louisville and Miami (FL) – and certainly did enough Saturday to impress quarterbacks coach Brandon StreeterBrandon Streeter
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, earning a Clemson offer before leaving campus Saturday evening.

Mond was also impressive during the drills, and if one quarterback failed to hit on a particular throw the other one would step and make it. At times, it almost looked like the two prospects were competing against each other. Both quarterbacks moved to one endzone to work with the wide receivers, and that drew the attention of one of Clemson’s former receiver coaches – Swinney.

Swinney parked his golf cart in the end zone – along with son Will, who was in a walking boot after injuring his foot during drills earlier this week – and began to bark at both the quarterbacks and the receivers to step up their game. Swinney took time with receivers Diondre OvertonDiondre Overton
Wide Receiver
6-5, 195
Greensboro, NC

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and Cornell PowellCornell Powell
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6-1, 200
Greenville, NC

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, and both receivers tried to step up their game under Swinney’s tutelage.

The receivers coach – and former wide receiver – came out in Swinney as he could be heard all over the indoor practice facility.

“That was a robot route. Do it again.”

“That was lazy! Don’t run a lazy route!”

“Oh, we have some tired legs out here today. You can tell it.”

“I can guarantee that 100 percent of the balls thrown out of bounds are incompletions. Give your receiver a chance to go get it.”

*Offensive lineman Chandler ReevesChandler Reeves
Offensive Tackle
6-6, 255
McDonough, GA

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– who received a Clemson offer earlier this week – was back on campus as promised for a visit.

*Clemson commit and offensive lineman Sean PollardSean Pollard
Offensive Guard
6-5, 295
Southern Pines, NC

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was on hand to watch the festivities, and he was an interested observer during the competition above. Like a lot of offensive linemen – including Clemson’s Eric Mac Lain – Pollard was convinced he could be the best quarterback out on the field. And people wonder why I like offensive linemen so much…..

*Spent time watching 2017 Brookland-Cayce defensive end Octavious Pringle and came away impressed. At 6-1, 274, he has power and didn’t disappoint on the sled.

*Keep 2018 defensive tackle Josh Belk out of Richburg (SC) Lewisville on your radar. He already checks in at 6-4, 305 and turned some heads during Saturday’s session.

*Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
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had a nice group of linebackers, including Clemson commit Jamie SkalskiJamie Skalski
Linebacker
6-1, 225
Newnan, GA

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, Clemson offer Jake VenablesJake Venables
Linebacker
6-1, 190
Central, SC

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and 2018 inside linebacker Dax HollifieldDax Hollifield
Middle Linebacker
6-1, 220
Shelby, NC

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of Shelby (NC) Shelby. Skalski continues to impress me with his motor, and he moved a lot better Saturday than he did on Friday. I can see why Venables made the offer – he just looks like the kind of linebacker that never quits.

Hollifield’s athleticism is what I noticed. He can move and has great feet. But to be honest, I am not sure that any of the kids outwork Brent Venables, who looks like he is about to have a stroke with the way he coaches but also looks like he is in his element.

*One corner that I really liked was 2017 Charlotte (NC) Latin prospect Melvin Rouse. He isn’t the biggest kid in the world – he’s listed at 5-9 – but was impressive during drills. He has a Duke offer, but more will follow.

*In the category of passing the eye test, 2017 offensive guard Dayquan Watkins was the winner. Watkins is out of Robersonville (NC) T.C. Roberson, and he lines up at 6-6, 305. He is starting to pick up a lot of interest, including N.C. State and UNC.


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