Recruits react to Clemson's big win over the Gamecocks

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Austin Bryant: "I would follow Deshaun Watson into war any day!"

Saturday’s 35-17 win over South Carolina cemented the legacy that the 34 seniors will leave behind, re-energized a restless fan base and caught the attention of some of the nation’s top recruits.

The Clemson coaching staff hosted several of the 2015 commits as well as many 2016 uncommitted prospects Saturday afternoon and the win showed everyone in attendance that every player is willing to give it his all to get a win – even if it means playing with a torn ACL.

Deshaun Watson did just that and caught the attention of every recruit in attendance, especially one four-star defensive end.

“I was pumped about how our defense played,” Thomasville (GA) Thomas County defensive end and Clemson commit Austin Bryant Austin Bryant
Defensive End
6-5, 245
Thomasville, GA

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told TigerNet Sunday afternoon. “They made some big time stops. I would follow Deshaun Watson into war any day as well!”

Some recruits were able to see the game in person, while others watched from home but they all had something to say about the Tigers ‘dominating performance over the Gamecocks.

*Sean Pollard Sean Pollard
Offensive Guard
6-5, 310
Southern Pines, NC

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– 2016 offensive lineman, Southern Pines (NC) Pinecrest

“Well, the atmosphere is hard to explain. They’re extremely loud and don’t stop cheering and crazy. It’s just amazing. Clemson went out and balled out. They were hitting on all cylinders and went out there and stopped South Carolina. Then there’s the family atmosphere with the fans coming up to me and telling me to come to there and shaking my hand telling me how great the school is.”

Tanner Muse Tanner Muse
6-4, 205
Belmont, NC

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– 2015 safety commit, Belmont (NC) South Point

“It was a great game and was a complete game on both ends of the ball. It was great getting the trophy back home.”

Robbie Robinson Robbie Robinson
5-10, 160
Hampton, VA

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– 2016 cornerback, Hampton (VA) Phoebus

“Clemson played a great game. I was proud of them. The atmosphere was second to none – electric, passionate and loud from start to finish.”

Chad Smith Chad Smith
Outside Linebacker
6-4, 215
Sterling, VA

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– 2015 linebacker commit, Sterling (VA) Dominion

“The game was awesome. I loved it. I got so hyped watching the game at home I wish I could've been down there. But I know I’ve got 4 years to help start keeping this streak against USC alive and I can't wait.”

Tucker Israel Tucker Israel
6-0, 195
Orlando, FL

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– 2015 quarterback commit, Orlando (FL) Lake Nona

“Awesome, great atmosphere and experience.”

Mecole Hardman Mecole Hardman
Wide Receiver
5-11, 175
Elberton, GA

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– 2016 athlete, Elbert (GA) Elberton County

“Thought they played great. It's a great win for them! Shows that they are a lot better with Deshaun Watson.”

Tre Lamar Tre Lamar
6-3, 230
Roswell, GA

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– 2016 linebacker, Roswell (GA)

“I thought Clemson performed well. Their defense held them well and on offense Artavis Scott and Deshaun Watson went off.”

Zach Giella Zach Giella
Offensive Tackle
6-6, 285
Augusta, GA

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– 2015 offensive line commit, Augusta (GA) Augusta Christian

“It was an awesome game it was great to see the Clemson family live and in action. The whole team came together and worked hard to finish out the game. The defense had a phenomenal game. The offensive line did an amazing job plowing the way! It was an overall great job by the entire team.”

Sterling Johnson Sterling Johnson
Defensive Tackle
6-5, 275
Clayton, NC

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– 2015 defensive tackle commit, Clayton (NC) Cleveland

“I felt like after South Carolina scored the first touchdown, Clemson dominated that game hands down. It was a great win for the Tigers.”

Gage Cervenka Gage Cervenka
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 280
Greenwood, SC

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– 2015 defensive tackle commit, Greenwood (SC) Emerald

“I thought it was a big win for the program. I’m glad we got the monkey off our back. It’s a great time being a Tiger now and in the future. I can’t wait to be able to play with the guys next year and I wish I could have been able to play with the seniors this year. They are a great group of guys and they deserve the win. I just can’t wait to be a Tiger.”

Shadell Bell Shadell Bell
Wide Receiver
6-3, 190
Decatur, GA

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– 2015 wide receiver commit, Decatur (GA) Columbia

“It was a great win as a team. They played four quarters of football and got back to Clemson football. Everybody did their part to prove they belonged and it was great for the senior class.”

Garrett Williams, 2015 tight end commit, Orlando (FL) First Academy

"I thought they fought hard. You could tell they wanted that win! I'm really happy with the outcome! Clemson football plays with heart every week. They dominated South Carolina in every aspect of the game. It felt great to get that win."

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