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Ngata accepts scholarship offer from Clemson

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Having his choice of nearly all the big-name colleges in America, Folsom High senior wide receiver Joe Ngata accepted the offer to be a Clemson Tiger.

It’s a decision Ngata was relieved to make. After the long recruiting period, the stress of college coaches pulling at his jersey for the last year or so has ended.

“It’s a relief knowing that my parents don’t have to pay for college,” Ngata said. “Everything is pretty much free. It feels good, and I can’t wait. It’s nice to have recruiting done. Now I can focus on school and my team.”

The 6-3, 210-pound Ngata is coming off a junior year in which he caught 81 passes for 1,777 yards and 26 touchdowns, all the while helping the Bulldogs to a 16-0 state championship season. For Ngata against most teams, it’s a man playing against boys. His size and speed are too much for most high school defenders to handle.

Ngata chose Clemson over the University of Washington, USC and Alabama, among dozens of other school who offered him a scholarship.

“Clemson fit the morals that I have,” Ngata said. “I like their style of play, and they also have a track record with receivers with guys like Deandre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant and Mike Williams. I see myself fitting into their offense and making plays.”

The Tigers have had great success recently, winning 40 out of 44 games the last three years, including claiming a NCAA championship in 2016. The school is located in northwest South Carolina near the Georgia border. Ngata enjoyed his visit there.

“The area around Clemson is very country,” Ngata said. “It’s humid there, but I liked it. Atlanta is two hours away.”

While at Clemson, Ngata said he plans on studying Psychology.

With his future set, Ngata is now looking forward to the high school season.

“We’ve got to take things one week at a time,” Ngata said. “We can’t look too far ahead, because that’s what will kill us. I think we can win another state title, but it will take focus, maturity and senior leadership.”