Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins is a playmaker in waiting, with his 2017 campaign just a glimpse of what he can do after a year in the Tigers offense.
After catching 17 passes for 345 yards and 3 touchdowns (20.3 yards per catch) as a freshman, Bleacher Report’s Brad Shepard is pegging Higgins as one of the top 10 players ready to break out in 2018.
“The lanky pass-catcher has dynamic ability and could become one of the nation’s top targets as soon as 2018, especially once Clemson moves on from run-first quarterback Kelly Bryant in favor of elite freshman Trevor Lawrence or sophomore Hunter Johnson. Those signal-callers can move the ball downfield, and that’s when Higgins will become a star.”
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney recently spoke on Higgins abilities, pointing toward the receiver’s lack of consistency as one of the few areas holding him (and other wideouts) back.
“Just inconsistent. You go, ‘wow’ and then you go, ‘crap.’ We’ve got to get a few less ‘craps’ and a few more ‘wows.’ Just too inconsistent,” Swinney said according to Nikki Hood of TigerNet.com. “I love their work ethic. I love their want to. It’s a highly competitive play every single play when you’re going against A.J. [Terrell] and Trayvon [Mullen] and Mark [Fields].
Despite concerns over the budding wideout’s consistency, Shepard compares Higgins and his 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame to NFL All-Pro and 7-time Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green (6-foot-4, 205 pounds).
If Clemson gets the quarterback position right, Higgins could mature into one of the top players in the country.
Higgins was the top-rated prospect in Clemson’s 2017 class and one of the top wide receivers in the country.