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2017 National Signing Day: Clemson Signs Tee Higgins to Letter of Intent

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Clemson has officially signed what could possibly be its next great wide receiver to be a part of their continuing WRU legacy. Tee Higgins, an elite wide receiver talent out of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, committed to Clemson over in-state Tennessee on the 4th of July this past summer and is expected to contribute right away as a freshman in 2017. Higgins’ primary recruiter was Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers coach Jeff Scott.

Higgins is an elite talent with the size/speed combination to present matchup nightmares to opposing defenses. Higgins is expected to get snaps at the ‘9’ position along with rising sophomore Diondre Overton behind Deon Cain. As what is usual for freshmen, Higgins will face a learning curve during his first year with the program but is expected to become a major weapon during the next few years for Dabo and Co. With the wide receiver position still stacked with talent, there will not be a whole lot of immediate pressure on Higgins to be a difference-maker right away. While Higgins has relatively good size at his position at 6’4” and 188 pounds, it will be beneficial for him to add a few pounds during his freshman year to get him better equipped to win one-on-one battles with defensive backs for tough catches in tight spaces.

WRU continues to churn out NFL prospects like DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant, Adam Humphries, Jaron Brown, and Charone Peake in the past few years. With Mike Williams and Artavis Scott expected to be high round picks in the upcoming draft that tradition will continue and it will not be surprising at all to see Higgins as Clemson’s next great wide receiver and as a potential first round pick down the road.

QT’S Take:

What else can be said about Tee Higgins. I said he was a 5* from day one.

Man crush.

The highest ceiling of any WR Clemson has ever taken in the WRU era. I think Jeff Scott might agree with that statement as well. Sammy Watkins had the safest floor and was ready to go from day one, but Tee has all the tools—hands, height, speed, body control, vertical, everything—to be a great NFL player and his potential might be higher. The only thing he needed to do was fill in his frame and add more bulk. He has done that during his senior year. If he can get strong enough to hold up at the line of scrimmage and beat press coverage, look out ACC. He will likely need some time to adjust to the college game but he has played enough 7 on 7 (with Amari Rodgers) that the route tree and college concepts shouldn’t be too advanced.

Butch Jones must hate Clemson. We even take away his super secret silent commits. Clemson came into the heart of Vol country and took a kid named Tee away from UT. Since Butch rolled into Josh Malone’s house with a full police escort and half the town to change Malone’s verbal from Clemson to Tennessee, Dabo and company have beat Jones like a drum.

But Tee Higgins is the biggest prize of them all.