Today it was announced that four star wide receiver Artavis Scott is ready to make his college declaration and will do so at The Opening in Oregon (held July 1-3). The Tarpon Springs, Florida native is set to decide between Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, and dark horse UCF.
While Michigan fans have felt they were the favorites for a while, it now appears that Clemson might be in the lead. The Tigers were the school Scott visited most recently, so his abrupt decision to announce his choice might be a good sign for Clemson.
And what’s not to like about the Tigers? For one, they have one of the best young offensive minds in college football in Chad Morris. His creativity in developing formation, motions, and plays is second to none. Clemson’s uptempo offense led the ACC in scoring and total offense in 2012 and looks to be getting better each year under Morris.
Secondly, Clemson’s wide receivers have been dynamic in Morris’ system. Both DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins have put up ridiculous numbers for the Tigers. In 2011, Watkins was one of the most productive players in the country, catching 82 passes for 1219 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also added another 231 yards rushing. Last year, Hopkins also caught 82 passes, but they went for an astounding 1405 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Any high school receiver has to be impressed by the way Morris is able to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers. He runs screens, jet sweeps, and even lines them up as running backs to make sure they get touches on offense. In the end, the way Morris utilizes his receivers might be the reason Scott chooses the Tigers.
However, if he’s looking for one more compelling reason to select Clemson, he can simply look at the rest of the recruiting class for Clemson in 2014. Headlining the group is all-everything quarterback Deshaun Watson from Gainesville, Georgia. As a junior, the 6-foot-2 signal caller threw for 4,024 yards and 50 touchdowns, while adding 1,441 yards rushing and 24 more scores. He appears to be the perfect fit to run the Clemson spread attack.
Watson is the type of player that other recruits (especially wide receivers) want to play with. While there is some concern he might change his mind and commit elsewhere, the smart money says he’s playing for Clemson in 2014. If he is, Scott might be right there with him.
All the speculation about Scott’s destination will end at The Opening next week, and it seems likely that he could end up playing in the ACC for Clemson.
There are certainly plenty of reasons why it makes perfect sense.
B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports who can be followed @coachlip on Twitter.