Option #2: He will use it on a transfer at wide receiver
This is the option some fans were hoping for in the spring, but the Tigers never went through with it. At the time there were several intriguing options available in the portal.
Ultimately we don’t know what those receivers were looking for: NIL boosts, high-profile starting jobs, etc. Some of them might have been fit for the Clemson offense, but we will likely never know. Once the Tigers realized they were over the 85-scholarship limit, all portal smoke drifted away.
A quick look at the portal tracker on 247Sports indicates that the best uncommitted options at receiver fall in the 3-star range. It’s conceivable that the Tigers might know some of these recruits from when they were high school prospects, and one might catch their eye that could provide some depth at receiver.
The likelihood of finding an impact player at the receiver position right now seems low. The likelihood of an impact receiver that the Tigers would want suddenly entering the portal seems even lower. The portal isn’t open right now to enter unless there are mitigating circumstances, such as a head coach being fired suddenly.
Clemson could shock me here, but on the surface it doesn’t look like a transfer receiver now is even remotely possible. It would be one of the most un-Clemson like things ever to take a receiver from the portal because they lost a linebacker.