OLB Lateek Townsend to Transfer

Rising Junior LB Lateek Townsend has decided to transfer away, he has not used a RS season and could spend that in transferring with 2 to play.

Even early in his recruiting process, the Marlboro County standout was discussed as being a reckless player. Not one with discipline in his assignments. He was allowed back then to just blitz and i was even told at one point that he ignored his coaches and just freewheeled it on the field. He was simply so much faster than everyone else that he created havoc. This is why, when he signed, we commented on him needing a RS season at Clemson to learn the Steele scheme and become a more refined player.

As it turned out, a NCAA recruitiing violation caused him to be suspended for 4 games. We kept it hushed at the time, and waited for Clemson to release it with the annual release of secondary violations. The suspension would not have counted if he also redshirted, and would carry over to his first season playing games. So if he had RS'd two years ago, he would've been suspended the first 4 games of this year anyway.

Instead, Dabo played him on Special Teams last year and this season, while saying that he would be an asset if he could be pointed in the right direction. Lateek never truly learned his playbook, so never managed to break through at SAM despite lackluster play from those ahead of him. I question why, in some no-brainer passing situations, we didn't just throw him in to blitz and get him a few snaps. I still question why he was not redshirted two years ago since he barely played any snaps from scrimmage.

Neither Steele nor Venables did so, and the bulk of the blame, if there is any, should go to Lateek in this case. You have to study your playbook and learn your assignments. I was repeatedly told that he was doing neither and his recklessness scared the defensive staff. In the right system, Lateek could be an asset. On an already bad defense, he could be a horror story on the edge. I assume he got tired of waiting, and we all know he was hinting on twitter that he wanted out of here in his first season. Kid is just strange.

In any event, two former 4-star recruits are gone this week. There will be more attrition this offseason as there always is.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Shakin The Southland

You must be a member of Shakin The Southland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Shakin The Southland. You should read them.

Join Shakin The Southland

You must be a member of Shakin The Southland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Shakin The Southland. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker