5 Freshmen that need to be elite for Clemson Football in 2024

Since it doesn't look like Clemson Football will be adding talent through the portal, the Tigers need freshmen talent to contribute to get them back to the College Football Playoff.

Drew Woodaz, left, and Sammy Brown, signees, watch Clemson football team practice
Drew Woodaz, left, and Sammy Brown, signees, watch Clemson football team practice / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Sammy Brown

Back when the Tigers were trying to recruit Brown, I shared his name with some of my buddies and they immediately said “Oh yeah, the Boz guy!”

I had not heard that before and honestly cringed a bit. I didn’t think many people remembered Brian Bosworth in a positive light, but in fairness, it was his pro career that didn’t work out. In college at Oklahoma, he was a unanimous All-American two seasons in a row.

Those are high expectations for a freshman just because he is a linebacker with striking blonde hair, but I wouldn't put it past Brown to achieve to that level either.

His high school statistics are mind-boggling. Not only did he impress on defense but on offense and special teams as well.

Carter’s return is huge for the Tigers at linebacker. He and Wade Woodaz can hold down the two spots that Clemson will use regularly. They won’t have to rely on Brown right away.

The hope, of course, is that he will be too good to keep off the field. Woodaz has experience playing the strong-side linebacker spot. If Brown does acclimate right away, it makes it a lot easier for Wes Goodwin to put traditional three-linebacker formations out on the field.

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