Adam Randall (6’2, 200) from Myrtle Beach, SC is the latest addition to the Clemson Tigers 2022 recruiting class. Quite the Christmas gift to Clemson fans this holiday season. Randall makes the third commit of this class and the first wide receiver. This marks the first real feather in the cap for Wide Receiver coach Tyler Grisham where the recruitment was all him. Randall was offered by Miami, Georgia, Florida State, Maryland, LSU, South Carolina, and many others. He is the composite number 181 overall player, but that number is set to rise. Just this past month Adam jumped about a 100 spots as some recruiting services updated. He sits at 234 on Rivals but 130 on 247sports. I have him pegged between 100-150 range after this past season and will explain more of that below.
This recruitment turned on Clemson offering and the demise of the standing of South Carolina. Randall was the first major wide receiver target for this class (second wide receiver offer in the class). He has been to the Dabo Swinney Camp and games at Clemson. Targeting Randall just made too much sense for the Clemson staff. In-state talent has been a priority in the class of 2022, in part because of the familiarity and uncertainty in the COVID era of recruiting.
WHAT CLEMSON GETS
I’m not in love with the comparison, but I think Randall profiles like a Senior year Cornell Powell. He has size and a bit more length than Powell, however, and he is a bigger body who is an all-around type of wide receiver. Not really one elite skill. He can body his competition in high school. He isn’t a burner, but has decent speed. Strong hands and catches the ball away from his body. Has the build and frame you want. Shows the strength to just muscle his competition and move in the open field.
One area of concern is how his game translates against better competition at the college level. His quarterback play hasn’t been all that consistent. There will be a steep learning curve coming from smaller school South Carolina football. Perhaps Mike Williams is another possible comparison in terms of overall package, but I don’t see the same level of Williams high pointing skill (not many receivers have it, period).
With Adam committed, Clemson will now set its sights on speedster Brenen Thompson and other high-tier wide receivers to fill two to three WR slots for the class. Clemson could definitely use a bit more speed on the field. For that potential last spot/oversign I would start in Cali with Tetairoa McMillan (size, amazing hands and body position) or CJ Williams (Mater Dei product, polished, good speed). Maybe even Evan Stewart in TX (all of those are long shots at this point though...). Randall is a solid start to the skill player acquisitions for the Clemson Tigers in the 2022 class.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!