Clemson receiver leaves team

The depth to Clemson’s receiving corps has taken an early hit.

Sources tell The Clemson Insider that sophomore wideout Dacari Collins has left the team.

Collins caught 16 passes in nine games as a true freshman but had just one catch through the first three games of this season.

His 12 snaps against Louisiana Tech last week were a season-low.

A native of Atlanta, Collins signed with Clemson as a four-star prospect in the 2021 recruiting class.

A reserve wide receiver who fell out of Clemson football’s rotation has left the program, the school confirmed Tuesday.

Sophomore receiver Dacari Collins is no longer with the team, a Clemson spokesperson told The State.

Collins’ departure was first reported by The Clemson Insider. Collins, a former four-star recruit from Atlanta, caught 16 passes for 221 yards last season while playing in nine games and starting three as a true freshman.

But Collins struggled to find playing time and targets in Clemson’s first three games of 2022 while ceding time to other receivers in a crowded room.

The 6-foot-4 wideout played a season-low 12 of a possible 74 snaps in Clemson’s Week 3 win over Louisiana Tech.

Across three games, Collins had one catch for eight yards against Furman while playing on just 63, or 29.8%, of the Tigers’ 211 offensive snaps to date.

He’d been listed as the backup at one of Clemson’s two outside receiver spots behind senior Joseph Ngata.

Clemson last week added Adam Randall as a co-backup with Collins at that position after the true freshman was cleared to play after a spring ACL tear.

Randall and Collins were listed as co-backups behind Ngata on this week’s depth chart, too, with sophomore Beaux Collins and junior EJ Williams listed as co-starters at the other outside receiver spot and Brannon Spector listed as the starting slot receiver and Antonio Williams as his backup.

Due to NCAA rule changes approved this summer, Collins can announce his intent to transfer and leave the team but can’t officially enter the portal until 45 days after the College Football Playoff field is announced.

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