The calendar has turned to April. The days are longer. The weather is better. College football teams are back on the field and spring games are here. This weekend brings the first big slate of games. Some teams are looking forward to getting players back on the field after an injury-shortened 2018 season, others are looking for clarity in position battles, but for all, it’s the first big recruiting weekend of the year.
These glorified college football scrimmages will whet the appetite of most casual fans, but for the Devy Watch team, it means we start working on 2019 Devy Watch Volume 2. If you ordered the 2019 edition of Devy Watch, you’ll get Volume 2 when it releases at the end of May. If you haven’t ordered yet, it’s not too late. You can grab your copy right here.
The marquee event this weekend is defending National Champion Clemson’s spring game. They’ll get underway Saturday at 2:30 PM Eastern on ESPN. We know there won’t be a quarterback battle this season. That position is safe with Trevor Lawrence. The Tigers’ front seven will look a lot different this year and should begin to sort itself out tomorrow against an offense full of stars.
The position to watch on offense is the slot. Hunter Renfrow is gone and Amari Rodgers tore his ACL earlier this spring. Fortunately for Clemson, they never have a shortage of wide receivers. It appears that Rodgers’ replacement on the inside will come from a group that includes TJ Chase, Cornell Powell, and Diondre Overton. Overton might have the inside track for the job, but we likely won’t see him tomorrow due to a minor injury.
Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross have the outside receiver spots locked down, but in true Wide Receiver U fashion, Clemson has two freshmen that are ready to contribute immediately. Joe Ngata and Frank Ladson have been the recipients of high praise since arriving on campus in January. Back in March, Dabo Swinney said that Ngata and Ladson “are as ready as anybody we’ve ever had come in here.” We’ll get our first glimpse of the two freshmen receivers tomorrow.
Clemson football isn’t the only football tomorrow. Here’s a schedule for tomorrow and the rest of this spring.
Saturday, April 6
Friday, April 12
Saturday, April 13
San Jose State
Saturday, April 20
Friday, April 26
Saturday, April 27