The Clemson Tigers received the news they have been waiting for when four-star wide receiver Artavis Scott committed this evening. After much speculation, the Tarpon Springs, Florida native chose the Tigers over Michigan and UCF.
Scott made the announcement on ESPNU while at The Opening in Oregon tonight. To this point, he’s the thirteenth commitment for Clemson, and joins another four-star wide receiver Demarre Kitt from Tryrone, Georgia. Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has to be thrilled with the offensive skill players they already have committed for the class of 2014.
Scott is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound wide out who is known for his burst and acceleration. Although he doesn’t have elite top-end speed, he is quick in small spaces, making him a lethal weapon for the up-tempo, shotgun offense at Clemson. He’s a little light to play wide receiver in the ACC, but he will have time to add bulk to his lean frame. Regardless, he is dynamic with the ball in his hands and will be a contributor to Clemson right away, especially on special teams.
Under Morris, the Clemson offense has become not only one of the best in ACC, but all of the country. He has found creative ways to utilize playmakers like DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins for the Tigers, and Scott will be no different.
Another factor that likely contributed to Scott’s choice of Clemson was quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Gainesville, Georgia product is on pace to break nearly every passing record in the state, and is already committed to the Tigers for 2014. He is ranked as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country by Rivals, and is the perfect fit to run Clemson’s offense.
Some thought Scott might choose Michigan because his high school teammate Mason Cole is heading there in 2014, but in the end, Clemson won out.
The Clemson class of 2014 is shaping up to be one of the best in the country and they got another great piece today with the commitment of the talented Artavis Scott.
B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip.