Clemson has produced several top-tier wide receivers under Dabo Swinney, and another one is on the way. Troy Stellato, a four-star prospect in the Class of 2021, announced his commitment to the Tigers on Friday. Stellato chose Clemson over Ohio State, Georgia, Notre Dame, USC and North Carolina.
"I really knew that's where I wanted to be and everything," Stellato told 247Sports. "I was huge on Ohio State, that was my first choice at the time but after that visit to Clemson, it changed everything in my head."
Stellato is ranked No. 125 overall and is the No. 22 wide receiver in his recruiting class. The 6-foot, 175-pounder Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, says that relationships with Clemson's staff and potential playing time played a big role in his commitment.
"I love coach Swinney for sure," Stellato said. "I really fell in love with him and what he preaches over there and how he runs his football program for sure. Love the campus, really felt like home and everything. I'm going to have a really good shot of playing early, that's huge for me. I feel they're going to use me to maximize my potential at Clemson. I can play inside and outside, that was a big factor. The receiver room at Ohio State is a little crowded and I took that into perspective."
Stellato clocked a 4.42 40-yard dash and 4.47-second shuttle run at a regional camp for The Opening in February 2019. Charlie Power, national writer for 247Sports, filed this scouting report on Stellato.
"Relatively lean with some muscle mass," Power wrote. "Should continue adding bulk over time. Looks to have long arms and good-sized hands. Tests as a straight-line athlete with a very good 40-time heading into his junior season. Primarily plays from the slot for his high school, allowing for free releases and favorable matchups. Plays with very good speed, particularly after the catch. Excels on crossing routes and in catch-and-run situations. Also is effective in working up the seam. Has strong and sudden hands, which have also proven to be reliable and consistent in 7-on-7 and camp settings. Will need to continue adding nuance to his game as a route-runner and show the ability to get off the press and play from the outside to add to his versatility. Projects as a starter at the Power Five level with the upside to develop into a NFL Draft pick."
Stellato is Clemson's 14th commitment during the current recruiting cycle. The Tigers now rank No. 3 in the country behind only Tennessee and Florida State.