The Clemson Tigers football program has produced star wide receivers over the last few years. Guys such as Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins and Martavis Bryant come to mind.
Head coach Dabo Swinney got another gem Sunday as the Tigers received a commitment from 2016 4-star receiver Diondre Overton, per Matt Hladik of College Spun.
The Greensboro, North Carolina, native is the fourth-best prospect in the state, per 247Sports.
Scout Recruiting provided a clip of Overton announcing his decision to join the Tigers over finalists Tennessee, North Carolina State and Nebraska:
Scout Recruiting @scoutrecruiting
Scout300 4-Star WR Diondre Overton(@RainMan_4) commits to #Clemson https://t.co/iWmqTC8edY... https://t.co/hlKm8TLnt61/4/2016, 3:06:15 AM
There's much to like about Overton at the wide receiver position. At 6'5", he has a long frame and a major height advantage over most corners. Of all the star receivers to come out of Clemson in recent memory, he resembles Bryant the most because of his height and long reach.
Overton spoke with Scout.com's Kevin Wade after the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl to discuss why he chose Clemson.
"I decided [on] Clemson because I felt like that's the school that will develop me as a wide receiver to try to get me to the next level," he said. "Regardless of the depth, it's the work that I put in...the effort I put in, in order to get to that starting spot."
The depth Overton speaks of is stacked. Clemson's leading receiver, Artavis Scott, is a sophomore. Right behind Scott is Deon Cain, a true freshman who's tied for second on the team with five touchdown receptions.
One look at Overton's highlight tape will show he's not just a jump-ball type of receiver. He's a good route-runner with great speed and awareness after the catch. Those are the kinds of receivers who can make an impact at the next level, and Swinney has been finding gems in that mold over the last few years.
Overton has all the tools to be one of the next great players at Clemson, and if he finds playing time as a true freshman, much like Cain, he'll have star quarterback Deshaun Watson throwing him the ball in 2016.
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