2023 In-State WR Clay Pender Turns in Strong Showing at Clemson Camp

The recruiting world is alive again after a more than year-long dead period was lifted earlier this month.

Dabo Swinney is already holding high school camps at Clemson and they always tend to bring a number of players from across the country.

A South Carolina wide receiver for the 2023 class was among those that got the opportunity to go out and prove himself.

Clay Pender, out of Barnwell, SC, did just that, as the 6-foot-1 rising junior had an outstanding showing for himself.

“Clemson was a fantastic experience, the atmosphere was so great,” Pender told Clemson Junkies. “The camp was well organized and had a lot of good competition.”

One of the biggest things to stand out to the young wide receiver was the coaching that potential prospects receive at the camps.

“The coaching was really good and tested my skills while also bettering me as a football player,” Pender said. “I overall had a great camp and felt like I proved myself well to the coaching staff.”

Pender is just beginning his journey in the recruiting process and is a young man to keep an eye on as his summer is already starting to heat up.

“Starting to hear from Carolina, I will be there on June 17 for 7 on 7 and camp on June 19,” Pender said. “Coastal Carolina camp this Friday. I went to Wofford on Sunday and they really like me a lot. Going to Furman and Citadel invite camp in July. Just starting to get out to camps and Clemson was my first one of the year.”

Pender looked really crisp running routes and has really good hands.

It’s apparent that the young wideout has the ability to continue to get better and he certainly displays the drive to put in the work that will help him improve as a football player.

“Ran 4.62 at Wofford on Sunday in only my second timed 40-yard dash and still working on my explosion out the start,” Pender said. “So I’m looking to get it in the 4.5 before the end of the summer.”

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