Scott, Priester, Kitt enjoy jump-start advantage as Tigers head into summer

Dabo Swinney: 'I think we hit a home run on all three of them, and I'm excited about what they're going to be able to do'

Clemson spring football game - Marcus Edmond & Kyrin Priester

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson spring football game - Marcus Edmond & Kyrin Priester

For a college football player on the fast track, early enrollment is a win-win situation.

When the Tigers line up next August against Georgia, Jeff Scott's wide receivers will reap a triple benefit in readiness.

Facing the double-barreled loss of Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, the Tigers will be looking for early-season playmakers to step up and provide support for projected starters Mike Williams, Adam Humphries and Charone Peake.

The freshman trio of Kyrin Priester, Artavis Scott and Demarre Kitt will have a jump-start over fellow freshman Trevion Thompson, who'll arrive in July.

Clemson spring football game - Demarre Kitt & Stephone Anthony

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson spring football game - Demarre Kitt & Stephone Anthony

"That was a huge, huge blessing for us because those guys got some invaluable experience all throughout the spring," said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. "By the time we get those guys on August 30th, they're going to be obviously way, way further along than they would have been if they didn't come in until July."

Swinney said the three freshmen - all of whom were rated among the top 20 receivers in their respective high school classes - were all as-advertised.

"Three really talented players in Artavis Scott, Demarre Kitt, Kyrin Priester," Swinney said. "I think we hit a home run on all three of them, and I'm excited about what they're going to be able to do."

Scott caught five passes in the Orange-white spring game, sharing the overall lead with Daniel Rodriguez. Priester and Kitt combined for five receptions.

The Tigers' wide-out group will be further boosted in August by the return of Peake, who'll be a junior after being granted a medical redshirt for his ACL injury.

"Charone has kind of been out of the conversation since he got hurt last year, but if people remember, this was one of the best wide outs in the country coming out of high school," Swinney said. "He was really on his way to a great season last year before he got hurt. He looks great and he'll be back to help shore that group up."

Also back in the fold in August will be Germone Hopper, who sat out the second half of spring semester "refocusing" academically.

Walk-ons competing for spots in the rotation include Rodriguez and Seth Ryan.

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