Nobody can really blame Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott for getting excited about the skillset that early enrollee Derion Kendrick brings to the table.
However, the last time he got a little overexcited about it, he heard from his offensive coordinating counterpart Jeff Scott. Elliott compared Kendrick to legendary Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, but he clarified what he meant this week to Hannah Rodgerson of TigerNet.com.
“Derion Kendrick, as I said, Jeff [Scott] kinda beat me up last time I made a comparison, what I was saying, is he just has that suddenness like Sammy, you just see him move into a different gear,” Elliott said.
The funny thing is, Scott also compared Kendrick to Watkins earlier in the spring, so he doesn’t have a lot of room to talk.
Elliott also went on to comment on how the 5-star recruit is quickly adapting to football at Clemson even though he should still be a high school senior.
“You know for him you start off really strong and as the installation started to mount he’s still playing fast, but you’re starting to see it’s taking them a little longer to process everything, but he’s competitive, he tough, he can stretch the field as well,” he said. “We were actually able to get some balls in the air and make some plays down the field.”
Kendrick is also still learning the wide receiver position after playing quarterback in high school. So it’d make sense that everybody wants to be careful what they say about Kendrick in fear of placing too high of expectations on him.
But Scott’s comments earlier this spring and Elliott’s comments this week make it pretty clear that they envision Kendrick’s playmaking ability to allow him to see the field this fall.
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