Demarre Kitt, four-star receiver, has named his top three schools, as well as the day that he will decide. Clemson stands out as the best option for Kitt amongst the three programs that are in the running.
Here's the Tweet from Kitt that outlined his top three:originally tweeted that July 9 would be his decision day, but upon realizing it was a Sunday, he moved it up a day, per his Twitter account:
Tennessee, Clemson and Ohio State are three great options for the four-star wideout, representing three major conferences: The SEC, ACC and Big Ten, respectfully. Kitt, a former Georgia commitment, projects to be a very good player at the second level and he'll be a big pickup for one of those schools.
Nvm June 10th , cause June 9th is a Sunday .— Demarre Kitt (@D_ocho) April 25, 2013
He has good size at 6'1'', 182 pounds and he runs a 4.53 40 according to 247sports. He's also ranked as the No. 12 wideout in the nation, per the 247Sports Composite.
Why is Clemson the best option, you ask?
First, the Tigers have been widely considered as one of his favorites since before he originally committed to Georgia. The title of this ajc.com piece from Michael Carvell back in 2012 tells you everything you need to know:
"WR Demarre Kitt commits to UGA over Clemson"
Next, check out this quote from Kitt after he decommitted from Georgia, per Carvell in October of 2012:
“I think I committed too early; Clemson and USC are still recruiting me hard, and I still want to give them a fair chance,” Kitt told the AJC.
Kitt obviously has a high interest in Clemson and it's an interest that he's had for quite a while now.
He has the potential to be a very good receiver at the college level given his combination of size and speed. In time, he could develop into a No. 1 receiver, so one would assume that he'll want to go where he has a chance to do so while also putting up great stats.
While Ohio State presents Kitt with the biggest stage to play on plus legitimate national championship hopes, the Buckeyes signed three receivers in 2013, including four-star Jalin Marshall, who could end up being a superstar.
Where will Kitt commit?
Tennessee on the other-hand is a very hot team on the recruiting trail right now, but there's no doubting the fact that Butch Jones and his program are rebuilding. Tennessee also landed four wideouts in 2013, and that includes 4-star MarQuez North, who was ranked as the No. 11 wideout in the 2013 class (247Sports Composite). The Volunteers will also likely have to go through a transition phase trying to learn Jones' offense, which could take some time and struggle.
Finally, there's Clemson. The Tigers only brought in two wide receivers last cycle in four-star Mike Williams and Kyrin Priester, but even if Clemson recruited more receivers, the offense would still present favorable scenarios for Kitt.
Clemson scored 41 points per game last season and put up 4,176 yards and 40 touchdowns through the air in the process (cfbstats.com). Seventeen receivers touched the ball in 2012 and nine of those 17 did so 10 or more times (ESPN). The Tigers' leading receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, notched 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. Sammy Watkins caught 57 passes for 708 yards and three scores.
This is an offense you want to be in if you're a wideout like Kitt, plus he's talented enough to crack the rotation as a freshman. Tajh Boyd will be gone in 2014, but the Tigers do have the commitment of 2014 five-star dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson, who just recently claimed that he was 100-percent committed to Clemson (Carvell/ajc.com).
That was big enough news to get Kitt to comment on it via Twitter, saying that he did not move up his commitment date because of Watson:
Me committing sooner than before has NOTHING to do with deshaun.— Demarre Kitt (@D_ocho) April 26, 2013
The date wasn't moved up because of Watson, but one can only imagine that the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback (Rivals) admitting that he's 100 solid with a school that Kitt is considering would have somewhat of a positive impact for said school.
Don't be naive, Watson's commitment will be good for Kitt in the end if he were to choose Clemson.
The Tigers would provide Kitt with a great offense to play in, a great quarterback to come in with, he's always been interested in Clemson and there's the fact that Clemson, S.C. is just about under two and a half hours away from Tyrone, Ga. Ohio State is almost nine hours away and Tennessee is about three and a half hours away. Clemson will also be a major contender in the ACC for years to come.
Put all these factors together and Clemson appears to be the best option for Kitt.