Clemson recruiting: Trevor Lawrence within range of Deshaun Watson’s career passing record

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Recapping Clemson commits’ performances

Trevor Lawrence – QB – Cartersville (Ga.)

Total: 92 of 130 passing, 1,830 yards, 21 TDs

Here’s how Trevor Lawrence’s games go: Get off bus, warm up, put up video-game numbers in usually fewer than 3 complete quarters, get taken out while the team rolls to another win, repeat.

If you guessed that exact scenario happened again on Friday, you’d be right.

Lawrence piloted Cartersville (Ga.) to yet another victory, and he’s now just 630 yards behind Deshaun Watson’s career passing yardage in the state of Georgia.

In his team’s 55-6 win over Carroll Central (Carrollton, Ga.), Lawrence threw for 308 yards on 16 of 23 passing, and as he’s been doing several times this year, he was pulled from the game in the third quarter.

Watson’s record isn’t going to be around for much longer. It should fall in two weeks, maybe three if Lawrence takes it easy one week. But it won’t be long until Clemson’s future quarterback takes its championship-winning quarterback’s spot atop the record books.

Derion Kendrick – WR – South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)

Total: 81 of 116 passing, 1,127 yards, 13 TDs


Derion Kendrick’s night got cut short in the second quarter, because he got ejected after a scuffle in which his helmet was ripped off. Before being tossed, though, he was 7 of 12 passing for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

I talk a lot about how impressed people are with Kendrick, and his talent is pretty evident right here:

Afterward, Kendrick was a bit confused as to why he was ejected. In a series of tweets, he said the opposing player swung at him three separate times, and once Kendrick asked a referee what was going on, he was tacked with a personal foul.

BT Potter – K – South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)

Total: 20 XPs, 7 FGs

BT Potter kicked 6 extra points in South Pointe’s 56-19 win over Ridge View (Columbia, S.C.), and he booted a pair of field goals. He’s got an extremely strong leg, something his coach noted when I talked to him earlier.

Other commits

Kyler McMichael ran for a pair of touchdowns in Greater Atlanta Christian’s (Norcross, Ga.) win. Justin Mascoll and Darnell Jeffries faced each other, with Mascoll’s Newton (Covington, Ga.) squad coming out on top.

Xavier Thomas and Mike Jones led IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) to yet another win on Saturday, the same day Clemson beat Virginia Tech.

Josh Belk and Jake Venables each recorded wins for Lewisville and Daniel (S.C.), respectively.

Auburn ‘in it’ for Clemson target Justyn Ross

Justyn Ross, Clemson’s top remaining receiver target and the highest-ranked player in the state of Alabama, took in Auburn’s game vs. Mississippi State on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Clemson’s sort of been viewed as the leader here, but Auburn apparently made a good impression on him.

Per SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk, when Ross was asked if Auburn was “in it,” he said yes without hesitation. There was some concern from his side early on about whether or not the Auburn offense would show him enough in the passing game, but those appear to have been subsided with the emergence of Jarrett Stidham.

There’s still a long way to go here. Auburn receivers coach Kodi Burns was at Ross’ game on Friday, and Auburn is the closest school to his family, which could end up playing a big part in the decision.

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