With all of the consternation of Clemson’s linebacking group during the 2020 season, the news that Jeremiah Trotter has signed his letter of intent should be some relief. The Tigers get the signature of the Philadelphia, PA native for the class of 2021. Trotter will arrive at Clemson measuring in at 6’0” and weighing 210 lbs. He is a 4 star recruit with a .9821 rating.
Trotter was primarily recruited by Brent Venables, who led the charge to beat out Georgia Tech and Penn State for the Pennsylvania native. Jeremiah is ranked as the top linebacker in the class, but his ability to contribute quickly will be based on how well he picks up the playbook and his responsibilities.
Tommy’s take from his commitment:
At first glance, the 4-star prospect out of PA appears to play faster than the listed 4.81 40, and 4.56 shuttle times. He’s not the biggest prospect at 6’0 or 6’1, and lacks length beyond that. He plays for a premier High School program and plays top competition as a result. He shows a strong ability to close on the ball and play downhill, and also flashes promising striking ability. He is very instinctual, and shows great ability to time his blitzes and shoot gaps. His drop into coverage really needs work, and in general Trotter seems stiff through the hips which greatly affects his ability to change direction. I want to see more of Trotter’s Junior season before doing a full write-up (he’s only played 2-3 games), because right now he comes off as a mid-to-low tier blue chip prospect. Due to who Clemson could’ve still landed at LB, you have to trust the staff’s evaluation on this prospect, and he’ll be one I’ll be looking forward to tracking throughout the season.