How Clemson’s 2017 recruiting class will make its mark on the 2017 NFL draft

By Nick DePaulaClemson’s recruiting class could make an impact on the upcoming NFL draft class.

The Clemson recruiting class, which features a trio of 2017 first-round picks, includes a trio from the 2018 class.

Quarterback Treon Harris, defensive end La’el Collins, and wide receiver Quayvon Hicks are all entering their third seasons at Clemson after a career-defining year in 2017 that saw the Tigers finish ranked No. 6 nationally in the country and win the Atlantic Coast Conference title.

Harris is Clemson’s second-leading returning rusher behind DeAndre Johnson, and he was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2017 after totaling 714 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Harris led the ACC with 14.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, six pass breakups, three interceptions, one fumble recovery, two fumble recovery touchdowns and two forced fucks.

He was also named ACC Offensive Player of Year in 2016 after leading the Tigers to a 27-9 record and a national championship berth.

He finished his career with 11,793 yards rushing, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Collins, a 6-2 defensive end from Jacksonville State, was a consensus All-ACC selection in 2017.

He rushed for 1,056 yards and 16 touchdowns, while adding 17.5 total tackles for the year and a forced fumble recovery.

He was also the second-team All-SEC and second- team All-American.

Hicks, a 5-11, 225-pound wide receiver from Miami (Ohio), was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection in 2018 after finishing his career as a three-year starter at Miami.

He had 734 yards receiving, five touchdowns and five receptions for 74 yards.

Hicks had the second best receiving season of his career, rushing for 2,065 yards and 17 touchdowns, but he was also second on the team with 14 forced faults.

He also was named ACC Defensive Player of Time for the season with six forced fumigations.

He is the second player in school history to be selected to three consecutive SEC Freshman All-America teams, joining defensive end Deandre Harris, who was selected to two consecutive SEC Defensive Freshman Team honors in 2015 and 2016.

He has also been a three time all-SEC first-teamer, including a third-team selection in each of the past three years.

Collins also has a strong track record of producing for Clemson in the past.

He caught 51 passes for 745 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017, while recording a school-record 16.5 sack total and 12.5 TFL.

He has also racked up three first-place votes in the 2016 Heisman Trophy voting.

Hickson led the nation in rushing in 2017 with 1,073 yards, but his yards per carry average dipped to 3.9 yards in 2018.

He is a five-time All-MAC selection, but has also recorded two consecutive all-league selections.

Harris was also a four-time all-ACC first-tournament selection and a two-time conference first-year player.

He averaged 5.1 yards per rush in his first season, but dropped to 3,837 yards over the next two seasons.

In 2017, he led the Tigers with 12.0 sacks, six forced turnovers, and a fumble recovery that led to a touchdown.

Hicks led Clemson with 17.0 tackles for losses, nine forced fuses, two forced fumble recoverys, three fumble recoverie touchdowns and one forced fumble.

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