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Dabo Swinney Drops Serious Praise on Freshman WR Joseph Ngata

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his teams 44-16 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide with the trophy in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - Alabama v Clemson | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Once quarterback Trevor Lawrence becomes the No. 1 overall pick in 2021 and is joined in the NFL by wide receivers Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross, Clemson will regress to the mean, right?

Apparently not. Head coach Dabo Swinney has already located his next star in 6-3, 210-pound freshman Joseph Ngata, as he all but confirmed that Ngata will see time as a true freshman and won't redshirt.

"He’s as hard a worker as I’ve ever been around, senior included," Swinney said of his young receiver. "I’ve never had a senior work harder. He is one of the most focused, one of the most committed young people I have ever seen. It’s amazing to watch him work. Loves to be coached, loves to learn. He's special."

Ngata, the son of Cameroonian immigrants, hails from Folsom, Calif. and was one of the most highly recruited receivers in his class. Despite interest from schools like Washington, Notre Dame, Alabama, and USC, Ngata opted for Clemson, and the speedy receiver appears to have made quite the first impression.

Once Lawrence and Ross leave, Ngata and DJ Uiagalelei will step in and won't miss a beat. The Tigers ain't going away, folks.