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Penn State didn't have to look too hard to find a player that fits in the slot receiver role. All they had to do was take a look at another Clifford.
|Position: Wide Receiver|
|Height/Weight: 6'1/195 lbs.|
|High School: St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8748)|
|Positional Rank: No. 529 Overall, No. 83 Wide Receiver, No. 20 in Ohio|
|Commitment Date: October 20, 2019|
In many ways, the younger Clifford will remind Penn State fans of current freshman phenom Parker Washington. Clifford is a bit bigger than Washington and isn't as speedy and quick-twitch, but both were very polished as high schoolers and are strong route-runners already.
The Ohio native will have his work cut out for him earning playing time, but crisp route-running is a common skill among receivers who earn early playing time in college. In all likelihood, he won't ever be the focal point of the offense, but he has the potential to be a very productive player in Happy Valley.
This one is a bit tricky because, by most metrics, Clifford very much fits the mold of someone likely to earn a good amount of playing time as a freshman. However, his best fit on the roster truly does appear to be Washington's backup. Given that Washington was a true freshman in 2020, he will obviously return in 2021 and continue establishing himself as one of the better pass-catchers in the conference. As a result, Clifford's path to playing time in 2021 might be blocked. He's someone who the staff will probably get into games early on in the schedule in order to determine whether or not to burn his redshirt.
|Jahan Dotson||Norval Black*||TJ Jones*||Parker Washington*|
|Cam Sullivan-Brown*||Daniel George*||KeAndre Lambert-Smith*|
|Lonnie White Jr.|
* denotes redshirt season taken