Clemson continues raid on Georgia; Lands state's No. 1 receiver and No. 2 linebacker
[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast week we wrote about Clemson’s hot recruiting in the state of Georgia after the Tigers landed Adam Choice, one of the state’s top running backs.
This week, it became a four-alarm blaze.
Clemson landed 4-star linebacker Korie Rogers of Buford on Wednesday night, followed by a pledge from fellow 4-star wide receiver Demarre Kitt of Sandy Creek High in Tyrone less than a day later.
Kitt, once a Georgia commit, chose the Tigers over Tennessee, Ohio State, among others.
While the 6-foot, 190-pound Kitt is not a speed burner, he is a productive, well-rounded future inside receiver. Smooth, with good quickness off the ball, he’s strong enough to break tackles and is elusive in space.
Kitt also has plus hands. A relaxed, natural pass catcher, he displays good concentration and consistently snatches the ball away from his body. He’s not afraid to make plays in traffic and is able to take a hit and secure the catch.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Rogers chose Clemson over Georgia, but had offers from Florida and Auburn and a dozen or so others.
Like Kitt, he’s not flashy, but is also very productive. Rogers was Georgia’s Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year last season after he totaled 91 tackles, seven sacks and four interceptions and helped Buford to a state title.
He’s also not the sideline-to-sideline playmaker his measurables might suggest. Physical and aggressive, on film Rogers actually looks and plays more like an inside backer, and it will be interesting to see how he develops physically and projects in Clemson’s scheme.
Though his reaction and first step could be quicker, Rogers does not make many false steps and has a nose for the football. He’s a sure tackler against his current competition, and does a nice job of wrapping up and making getting ball carriers to the ground, especially in tight spaces.
The recruiting services list Kitt as the No. 1 wide receiver and a top-6 player in the state of Georgia, while Rogers is the state’s No. 2 linebacker and a top-15 recruit overall.
They give Clemson commitments from Georgia’s No. 1 quarterback (Deshaun Watson of Gainsville), tight end (Milan Richard of Savannah) and wide receiver (Kitt); and No. 2 running back (Choice) and linebacker (Rogers).
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