BSD’s recruiting staff sat down for a roundtable on each prospect Penn State signed in the 2021 class. Coming in at No. 6 was three-star wide receiver Liam Clifford.
What makes you excited about Liam Clifford?
“Young Cliff is already a good route runner, as well as being a plus athlete with the speed to run past defenders. He is a smooth, fluid runner and can impact from day one. He does a great job of catching the ball in traffic and has the physicality to go up and take the ball away from defenders.” --Marty
What worries you about Liam Clifford?
“I think Clifford is mostly a safe prospect. Like Marty said above, he checks a lot of the boxes as far as being at least adequate — and I mean that in a good way. There’s no one obvious thing that is a true deficiency for Clifford so it’s tough for me to envision the scenario where he isn’t at least a rotation receiver. The only thing I’ll say is that while he has solid speed and his route running is already good, I don’t know if he has the suddenness that you’d like to see, and that could limit his ability to gain separation.” --Patrick
Do you think Liam Clifford will be redshirted next season? Around what point of his career do you think he pushes for meaningful playing time?
“Probably, but I think it’s far from a sure thing. I’m curious to see how Lil’ Cliff’s athleticism holds up at the next level, but he’s super fluid and technically sound. I could see Stubbs falling in love with him early and let him get some run.” --Clay
What do you think is the most realistic outcome for Liam Clifford: depth provider, starter, multi-year starter, all-conference, or all-american?
Clay: Depth provider (but will play a lot)
Marty: Multi-year starter
Patrick: Depth provider, though I think he plays right away and plays a lot in his career. Just never a full-time starter.
Lastly, where do you have Liam Clifford ranked in Penn State’s class?