Rahshaun Smith and recruits react to Clemson's win over Notre Dame


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The Tigers' win over Notre Dame generated a lot of excitement among Clemson's recruits
The Tigers' win over Notre Dame generated a lot of excitement among Clemson's recruits

Clemson fans are excited about the Tigers' thrilling 24-22 win over Notre Dame in a wet and wild Death Valley Saturday night, but they aren't the only ones.

Several of Clemson's top commits and prospects took notice as well.

That starts with five-star Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy linebacker Rahshaun SmithRahshaun Smith
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Towson, MD

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who recently de-committed from Clemson citing the desire to take his official visits.

Smith was supposed to see the game in person but was unable to make the trip from Florida to South Carolina because of the weather. However, he said he could feel the excitement all the way from Florida.

“I didn't go because of weather, but I could tell just from watching it the crowd was crazy,” Smith told TigerNet. "I got chills just from watching it on TV.”

Smith said Clemson made a statement to the nation and recruits that Tigers should be considered amongst the nation’s elite.

“Statement game. Statement win,” Smith said. “People know Clemson is for real now. It was a big game for the defense and coach V (Brent VenablesBrent Venables
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), and if you want to be the best you have to get coached by the best and that's Clemson's entire staff”


Other recruit reactions

Diondre OvertonDiondre Overton
Wide Receiver
6-5, 195
Greensboro, NC

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“I think it was a great team win. The defense came up on a huge stop.”

Xavier KellyXavier Kelly
Defensive End
6-5, 255
Wichita, KS

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, 2016 defensive end commit, Wichita (KS) Wichita East

“It was a good game! Great defense by Clemson at the end!”

Zerrick CooperZerrick Cooper
Quarterback
6-4, 200
Jonesboro, GA

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, 2016 quarterback commit, Jonesboro (GA)

“I think it’s a huge win for us. The defense held their ground on multiple series especially the last one. Offensively, we made plays, but Notre Dame just made a couple of adjustments during halftime. Overall, it was a great game.”

Cornell PowellCornell Powell
Wide Receiver
6-1, 200
Greenville, NC

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, 2016 wide receiver commit, Greenville (NC) Rose

“It definitely showed we were for real! Deshaun (Watson) led the team with a great performance and I'm excited about my future at Clemson.”

Tre LamarTre Lamar
Linebacker
6-4, 235
Roswell, GA

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, 2016 linebacker commit, Roswell (GA)

“It was a great game. The defense played really well and the atmosphere was crazy.”

Dakereon JoynerDakereon Joyner
Quarterback
6-1, 170
Fort Dorchester, SC

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, 2018 athlete prospect, North Charleston (SC) Fort Dorchester

“I really enjoyed the game. The defense came through and made some big time stops. The offense jumped on them quick. It was a great team win. I thought the rain would slow some people up but it didn't. The stadium was filled with fans. One thing I heard coach Dabo (Swinney) tell the team was, ‘The fans showed up despite the rain, so you better show up to play.’”

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

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, 2016 offensive line commit, McDonough (GA) Eagles’ Landing

“There’s not much you can say that would do justice to that place. It was an incredible win by an incredible team with the best fans in the nation no doubt.”

Baylon Spector, 2017 linebacker commit, Calhoun (GA)

"I thought it was awesome. Clemson played great defense but just got a little tired in the fourh quarter. As a team, the played great and did what they had to do to win."

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