Could speedy Florida duo be Clemson’s new Spiller, Ford?

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Pos: RB   Height: 5-10   Weight: 175   Hometown: Nocatee, FL (Charlotte HS)  
Years Played: 2011


CLEMSON - Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver
# 6-2, 200
Fort Myers, FL

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won Florida's Class AA 200-meter state title this spring and nearly won the 100-meter race. In a state known for speedy athletes, the incoming Clemson wide receiver is among the fastest.
But Watkins is not even the fleetest Tiger in Clemson's 2011 recruiting class. In an impromptu race captured on YouTube, fellow Clemson signee Mike BellamyMike Bellamy
Running Back
# 5-10, 187
Punta Gorda, FL

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beat Watkins by 10 meters in a 400-meter run. Bellamy - a 100-meter champion in 2010 at Florida's Class 3A level - is even faster.
The Floridians are welcomed additions to a Clemson offense that lacked speed last season. In 2009, Clemson possessed perhaps the fastest duo in the country in Jacoby FordJacoby Ford
# 5-9, 175
West Palm Beach, FL

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- the fastest man at the 2010 NFL Combine - and C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
Running Back
#28 5-11, 195
Lake Butler, FL

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en route to its first Atlantic Division crown.

"I texted C.J. (Spiller) and I told him I beat his record (in the 200) of 21.35 (seconds)," Watkins told the Press-News (Fla.) after running a 21.11 to win the Class AA Florida state title. "He said that was in high school. In college, he ran 20.7. I said I'd be running 20.4."
The speed will be especially critical to new offensive coordinator Chad Morris, who wants to stretch the field vertically much more than Clemson did a last season.

"For whatever reason, a down-field element was missing (last year)," Morris said. "It was nobody's fault. There was a lack of ability to stretch the field deep. They really didn't have a guy that would make people go ‘Oh my, we have to watch that guy."
Now Clemson will have at least two threats in Watkins and Bellamy.

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