'It pays to play for Clemson': as top WR reveals choice, Jeff Scott pitches NFL payoff

The Clemson Sports Blog

Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech photo)

Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech photo)

It's decision day for Deon Cain.

Well, actually, it's not.

Cain, a four-star wide receiver from Tampa, Florida, will reveal his college choice today at 2:30 p.m., but he says he made his decision weeks ago - not long after visiting Clemson, accompanied by his mother and high school coach.

The evidence is circumstantial and inconclusive, but it's clear that the Tigers in the mix in the field that includes Florida, Florida State (his favorite team as a child), Miami, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

In its 'Crystal Ball' projection, 247Sports recently listed the 6-1, 180-pound Cain as '79 percent Clemson.'

The Tigers are looking to add a second top-fight receiver to their 2015 class, which already includes Decatur, Georgia's Shadell Bell, another four-star prospect.

Cane, who's been clocked at 4.4 in the 40, played primarily at quarterback last season at Tampa Bay Tech, where he passed for nearly 2,000 yards and rushed for more than 700.

He's rated as the nation's No. 2 wide receiver prospect and No. 41 nationally overall by 247Sports, and is ranked 11th at his position by Scout. Rivals lists him No. 17 among wideouts, while ESPN ranks him as the nation's No. 5 'athlete.' Both Rivals and Scout have him in their top 150 nationally, while ESPN ranks him No. 57 on its top-300.

Clemson recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott made a late move to reinforce the Tigers' position when he tweeted a flashy new poster on Thursday, pointing out that Clemson receivers get PAID!

Rival fans had some Twitter and Facebook fun with Scott's assertion, of course. But the numbers are convincing: in the past year, since the 2014 NFL draft, former Clemson wide receivers have signed NFL contracts totaling $31.7 million. The total includes $19.9 million for Sammy Watkins, 7.6 million for DeAndre Hopkins, $2.7 million for Martavis Bryant, and $1.5 million for Jaron Brown, who made the Arizona Cardinals' roster as a free agent.

The promo's conclusion: 'It pays to play at Clemson.'

What Cain will bring to someone's table is impressive athletic ability and a well-developed skill set.

"It starts with his size," SB Nation's Bud Elliott wrote recently. "Cain's measurements are verified, and he has adequate size for the position. That separates him from the seemingly never-ending supply of shorter receivers from the state of Florida.

"Then, it's his ability he shows as a receiver in camps despite being his high school team's quarterback. Cain runs much better routes than one would expect given that it is not his high school position. The change-of-direction ability he shows as a running quarterback also shows up on the field in his route running, as he can plant and drive in different directions, quickly re-accelerating into the route.

"Cain also has a good feel for catching the football, and based on the camps and pass skeleton work I have seen, he does not profile as an athlete who needs a lot of work on catching the ball."

The weekend is shaping up as another potentially productive one for the Tigers, whose 2015 recruiting class is ranked as high as No. 3 nationally by Rivals.

Also announcing a decision on Saturday will be Bamberg-Ehrhardt defensive end LaSamuel Davis, who is expected to pick Clemson over North Carolina. Davis is listed as a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and ESPN.

Clemson currently has 15 commitments - one of the top marks in the nation - in addition to a pair of 2014 grayshirts.

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Comments » 3

TigerNE writes:

Maybe the poster should include fine print saying, "after your Clemson career" to distinguish it from other conferences and programs....


Clemorange writes:

Haha that was good

CstandsforCowtown writes:

"Pays to pay for Clemson"-Jeff Scott or Danny?

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