Dabo Swinney, coordinators like what they've seen from 1st-semester freshmen

Shaq Lawson, Ebenezer Ogundeko, Jadar Johnson, Jordan Leggett have all made positive initial impressions

Clemson's Ebenezer Ogundeko runs by Clemson's Shaq Lawson, during a drill, on the first day of spring practice at the indoor football facility.

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Clemson's Ebenezer Ogundeko runs by Clemson's Shaq Lawson, during a drill, on the first day of spring practice at the indoor football facility.

Dabo Swinney says Clemson's four first-semester freshmen have made smooth transitions to college and have proved to be welcomed additions to his team.

"I appreciate how they've plugged in," Swinney said. "They're four quality, quality guys - four good, fluid athletes. They're all serious about being successful. We've not had one issue with any of them. They've done everything we've asked of them ever since they've been here.

"Athletically, you watch them in mat drills and practice, and you can see they're going to be good players."

Jadar Johnson was getting heavy work in the defensive secondary before suffering a dislocated elbow in practice last Friday. He's expected to return to practice following spring break on March 25.

Both Shaq Lawson and Ebenezer Ogundeko are in the mix at defensive end, and coordinator Brent Venables said he'll see how things work out this spring before thinking about moving anyone - possibly Kevin Dodd or Tavaris Barnes - to an inside position.

He said he likes what he's seen so far of Lawson, Ogundeko and Johnson.

“They're all big and long and really pretty athletic,” Venables said. “Shaq has the biggest butt and hands and feet I’ve watched on tape. When he puts those hands on people it is pretty impressive. That’s a good thing. They're both big athletic, disruptive guys.

"And Jadar is learning a lot back there in the secondary. He is a hard worker and is a big, sharp kid.”

Offensive coordinator Chad Morris is equally impressed with Leggett, who's trying to carve out a role for himself at tight end.

"Jordan had a really good first two days," Morris said. "He's big - he's gain about 10 or 12 pounds since he's been here. He’s got to learn the speed of the game, but he's great speed for being 6-6. He’s going to be a really good player for us."

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