Dabo Swinney dismisses former 5-star prospect from Clemson
A former 5-star prospect out of talent-rich South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina is no longer with the Clemson football program.
Multiple reports said that Derion Kendrick, a senior cornerback, was dismissed from the program, the team confirmed, by coach Dabo Swinney. Clemson247 reported that Kendrick missed multiple games during the 2020 season for disciplinary reasons and added that his behavior hadn’t changed so far in 2021.
He has started for the Tigers the past two seasons at cornerback and was slated to start again in 2021. He began his Clemson career at wide receiver before making the switch to defense after his freshman season.
After Clemson’s win over Pittsburgh in late November in which Kendrick did not play, Swinney told the media that Kendrick was in the “love shack.”
“We just didn’t play him today,” Swinney said. “Some people might say he’s in the dog house. I like to say he’s in the love shack. Just a little discipline. I love DK. He’s one of my favorites, actually. Just put him in the love shack this weekend.”
Coming out of high school in the Class of 2018, Kendrick was rated the No. 26 player in the country, the No. 4 wide receiver and the top player in South Carolina, by the 247Sports Composite.
Kendrick made the surprising decision to return to school for a fourth year in order to boost his 2022 NFL Draft appeal.
Kendrick appeared in 39 career games (23 starts) and was credited with 71 tackles (4.0 for loss), 12 pass breakups, three interceptions (including one returned 38 yards for a touchdown), one sack and one fumble recovery (returned 66 yards for a touchdown).