Three of the Southeast's top high school volleyball players – a setter, an outside hitter and a middle blocker – signed with Clemson on the opening day of the fall recruiting period.
Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover announced the signing of Karis Watson, a 6-2 middle from Rock Hill, SC; Kristin Faust, a 5-9 outside hitter from Orlando, FL; and Kamryn Sherman, a 5-11 setter from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Sherman will graduate from high school in December and will enroll at Clemson in January, while Watson and Faust will enroll next summer.
“We are thrilled to have signing day finally here and that Karis, Kristin and Kamryn will be joining our program,” said Hoover. “We feel that this class will complement our current team very well.”
Watson earned three letters in volleyball and four in track at Rock Hill High School. The Bearcats won regional and Upper State championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and Watson helped lead the team to a 39-2 record this year. She is an all-state selection and was recently placed on the Under Armour All-America Watch List.
“Karis is probably one of the best athletes that we have signed at Clemson,” said Hoover. “She comes from quite an athletic family and has a tremendous amount of potential. She is a huge presence at the net blocking and can cover a lot of range. Along with her athleticism, she is a very smart player and a great teammate. She is going to be an exciting player to watch develop.”
As a senior, she registered 367 kills and 113 blocks and hit .429 . She registered 27 kills in the Upper State championship against Hillcrest.
Watson's father, Ken, played football at the University of Maryland. Her brother, Benjamin, was a standout football player at Georgia and currently plays tight end for the Cleveland Browns. Her sister, Jessica, was a track and field athlete at Coastal Carolina, and her brother Asa is currently a sophomore tight end at NC State.
Faust is a four-year letter-winner at William B. Boone High School , where she served as team captain for a district championship squad. She is a three-time team MVP and is averaging more than four kills per set as a senior.
“Kristin is quick, light on her feet, has an easy jump to go along with a great arm-swing,” said Hoover. “She has fantastic ball control and defensive skills, and is a six-rotation player who can play outside, right-side or in the libero position.”
Faust was recently named the Top Select Volleyball 17 Elite Team MVP, and was also cited on the USAV Regional High Performance list. Faust was included among Prepvolleyball.com’s top 250 national players.
Sherman stars as a setter at Nease High School, where she is a four-year letter-winner. She is considered to be one of the most well-rounded setters in the 2011 class.
“Kamryn has great location and tempo as a setter, to go along with a very high volleyball IQ,” said Hoover. “She has a wealth of experience by being a part of teams within the High Performance pipeline for USA Volleyball. She is a leader and a competitor. She wants to win, and of course, we like that.”
Sherman has helped the Panthers win four St. John’s River Conference championships, four district championships, two regional championships and one state title (2008). She holds her school's records for assists (3710), aces (440) and blocks (248), and she was honored as Nease High MVP in 2009.