Clemson only has one wide receiver in the fold in its 2018 recruiting class so far, but he is a good one. Derion Kendrick is one of the most talented players in the country — it is hard to say this for a top-50 player overall and a top-5 player at his position, but Kendrick is vastly underrated. He committed to Clemson in January, and although he is listed as a receiver — which is where he likely will play — he has the versatility to play just about anywhere on the field.
Clemson received Kendrick’s National Letter of Intent a little over an hour after the early signing period opened up on Wednesday.
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) December 20, 2017
Derion Kendrick: Bio, measurements
Weight: 200 pounds
High school: South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Accolades: U.S. Army All-American, U.S. Army National Player of the Year finalist, Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year
Derion Kendrick: Recruiting rankings
National: No. 42
Position: No. 5
State: No. 1
All rankings are according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Derion Kendrick: Stats
Kendrick, playing quarterback for South Pointe, completed 184 of 255 passes for 2,683 yards and 30 touchdowns with 6 interceptions during his senior season. He ran for 1,194 yards and picked up 20 scores on the ground as well, showcasing his versatility.
Derion Kendrick: Player breakdown
Kendrick’s almost a shapeshifter, in that he can play a variety of positions with ease. Strait Herron, his coach at South Pointe, talked at length about how valuable Kendrick — DK, as he is more commonly known — was to his team, which the future Tigers star just led to its fourth consecutive state championship along with kicker BT Potter, a fellow Clemson commit. The idea is that Kendrick is most effective whenever he gets the ball, especially in space. He has elite change-of-direction ability, and he is as quick as they come.
There is a reason he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in South Carolina, and Kendrick is going to be extremely valuable once he arrives at Clemson. Herron said Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott told him Kendrick was one of the five best receivers he had ever coached at camps, including guys such as DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Williams and Sammy Watkins. When Kendrick gets acclimated to campus, to the playbook and to his role in Clemson’s offense, he should prove to be a potent threat from just about anywhere on the field.