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Sought-After Football Player Shares College Recruitment Experience During Pandemic

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Troy Stellato, a highly sought-after wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, committed to Clemson University on Friday in an exclusive announcement with Sports Illustrated. Stellato joined SI All-American's John Garcia, Jr. to discuss what led to his decision, as well as the impact the pandemic had on his experience as a recruit.

Stellato was able to make just a few campus visits before the coronavirus pandemic halted all travel. His experience as a recruit then became focused on Zoom calls with coaches, phone calls, and working out and staying fit at home.

Although it's an unusual time to be a recruit, Stellato told Garcia that the experience was a good one. 

"Obviously, it's weird times. I really wasn't expecting all this. I was probably going to go to maybe 2 or 3 more schools, I'd say," he said. "It was a little crazy, lot of Zoom calls. Definitely doing Zoom. They're still going at you, they try to get at you in every way. It wasn't completely different to how they'd been recruiting me before, but definitely a little different, but I enjoyed it a lot."

According to a 2019 Greenville News article, Clemson brings in approximately $50 million annually in revenue, a huge amount compared to most NCAA Division I public schools. With that money, Clemson can offer competitive coaching salaries, state-of-the-art facilities, and more. Clemson revenue peaked at $54.2 million in 2016.

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