One of the big steals of the 2017 class, wide receiver Amari Rodgers has officially signed his LOI and is a Clemson Tiger. Rodgers committed to Clemson almost a year ago and his commitment helped bring in one of the best classes in Clemson history. The Knoxville, TN, prospect is considered a 4 star prospect by the 247 Composite and is listed at 5’10” and 195 lbs. He was recruited by Jeff Scott and Dan Brooks with Tennessee being the primary competition here.
While Rodgers will play in the 2 position at WR here, his high school career had some receiver with a lot of RB play. His dynamic speed meant he was very involved with jet sweeps and other similar plays to the outside. His junior year as well as his senior year saw a lot more play at WR. In previous articles we’ve noted that he still has a learning curve at the position, but there is a lot of natural talent that will help him acclimate to the college game.
This one is very easy. Clemson simple went out and got an Artavis Scott clone. And then they taught the clone how to high point the ball and catch it down the field a bit better.
Amari is what the coaches are looking for at the two position. Someone who is physical enough to act like a running back on jet sweeps and other plays where the wide receiver motions into the backfield, but also dynamic athlete at wide receiver. I’ve watched Rodgers for awhile now and he has excelled at every opportunity, not only excelled but surprised folks. He can play WR and run some beautiful routes. He is a football worker and will step on campus physically ready to compete. He isn’t coming in to redshirt. I can’t argue with a composite ranking of 115, but I think his career will ultimately outplay that ranking. Wonderful, effusive personality. If there were more slots in this class, he would have been able to fill them as a recruiter. I think his recruiting role will continue as a player on campus for future classes. Early commit who never wavered despite the hometown pressure and pull.