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Grisham compares 4-star Philly WR to former Tiger, current NFL player


A promising Pennsylvania wide receiver with a bunch of major scholarship offers made his way back to Clemson through the Dabo Swinney Camp last month.

After competing on the camp last summer, St. Joseph’s Prep School (Philadelphia, Pa.) four-star wideout David Washington Jr. returned to campus through the Swinney Camp in early June. Although he didn’t work out this yr as a consequence of a minor injury, he still had an excellent time visiting what he called his “favorite school.”

“It was nice. I actually like that college,” Washington said of Clemson in an interview with The Clemson Insider. “I actually enjoyed it. Definitely after I get the offer, definitely going to be in top five, definitely.”

Washington – a 6-foot, 185-pound rising junior within the 2024 class – couldn’t pinpoint only one aspect of Clemson that appeals to him essentially the most.

“It’s really all the things. I identical to all the things,” he said. “It’s just a tremendous campus that they’ve. All the pieces that you just need is on campus. That’s perfect for me. The coaches are amazing. It’s all the things that matches me well, if I used to be to go there. I just really like that college. It’s nice.”

St. Joseph’s Prep School (Philadelphia, Pa.) four-star wideout David Washington Jr. with Clemson wide receivers coach Tyler Grisham (photo courtesy of Washington)

Last month’s camp visit gave Washington the possibility to meet up with Tyler Grisham, and Clemson’s wide receivers coach expressed interest in Washington while likening him to a former Tiger wideout now playing within the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.

“He said I’m high on their board. He said he really likes me well,” Washington said of Grisham. “He compared me to Amari Rodgers, who’s on the Packers now. So, him saying that just motivated me more. I’ve just got to exit first game, ball out and hopefully I’ll get the offer then.”

Washington sees similarities between himself as a receiver and Rodgers, who finished his profession at Clemson ranked No. 6 in class history in receptions (181) and No. 12 in receiving yards (2,144) before being drafted by the Packers within the third round (No. 85 overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.

“I do see it so much,” Washington said of the comparison to Rodgers. “He played in all places – he played slot, outside – I can do all that. Just about the identical player that he said. I like that comparison so much.”

Washington has hauled in offers from Pittsburgh, Louisville, Boston College, Tennessee, Kentucky, Penn State, Maryland and West Virginia since receiving his first offer from Temple in April 2021.

If he were so as to add a proposal from Clemson, he believes it’s a spot that would put him in a first-rate position to perform his ultimate goal of playing within the NFL down the road.

“Every college develops great players, but I feel like Clemson is one in every of those top schools that develops really great athletes,” he said. “You go there with high potential to make it to the league. Most NFL teams, they go to the highest teams like Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia. They go to those top teams. … Any school, you may make it to the league, but I feel like with those schools, you’ve got a greater advantage I’d say.”

Washington hopes to get back to Clemson for a game at Death Valley this season.

“I’m definitely trying to come back to a game,” he said. “I’ve got to set that up with Coach Grisham. Definitely trying to come back to a game.”

–Photos for this text courtesy of David Washington Jr.

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