CLEMSON — Troy Stellato is done with the wait.
The Clemson signee is ready to finally arrive and immerse himself in the Tigers program. He won a high school football state championship this past fall, but he didn’t enroll early this spring. The wide receiver opted to recover from a lingering groin injury while following Clemson’s workout plan.
Stellato will step on Clemson’s campus for the first time in over a year later this month, officially becoming part of the Tigers family atmosphere he’s heard so much about.
“Just looking forward to building relationships, kind of getting incorporated to the family because it’s been a long time,” he told ClemsonSports.com. “So I’m just really eager to get up there and build relationships with these guys. Because we’ve been talking a lot on the phone, communicating through text and stuff and I haven’t really gotten to meet a lot of them yet in person.”
Stellato comes from Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), a perennial contender in Florida. In 2019 he pulled down 42 catches for 727 yards and nine touchdowns, leading Cardinal Gibbons to a 10-3 record and a Florida 4A regional final appearance. He had offers from Alabama and Ohio State that he considered, but ultimately his relationship with Tigers wide receiver coach Tyler Grisham was the deciding factor.
Being comfortable with Grisham was crucial, but defensive coordinator Brent Venables played a role in introducing the wideout to Clemson. Stellato ultimately wanted to go to a school consistently in the College Football Playoff mix. A 4-star prospect, he committed to Clemson last June. While the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide check that off, he felt more at home with the Tigers.
“That’s a big reason why you come to Clemson; you want to you want to always compete for national championships, you want to be in that mix every year,” he said. “He’s [D.J. Uiagalelei] the real deal. He’s one of the reasons why I wanted to come here, to be honest. Great quarterback prospect like him who is obviously going to compete for the Heisman this year, the year to come. Definitely a top prospect in the NFL, for sure.”
When he moves into Clemson on June 24, he’ll immediately begin summer workouts with the Tigers. Stellato’s set to room with defensive end Barrett Carter, and both have the goal of winning national championships.
He wants to play a role in Clemson’s offense this season. He played outside and the slot during his time at Cardinal Gibbons, but the Tigers need help on the inside. Amari Rodgers filled the hole last season, turning into one of Trevor Lawrence’s top targets. Justyn Ross is expected to start at the slot, but having a 6-foot, 195-pound frame willing to take hits across the middle will help Clemson’s depth.
E.J. Williams and Frank Ladson are both capable of moving around, but Stellato’s confident he can fill a needed position in Clemson’s offense.
“I’m optimistic that I’m obviously going to crack that depth chart, get in,” he said. “So my goal is obviously to at least be a two behind slot or even start. I feel like I could honestly make an impact early. I mean, I just want to play. And then the stats and everything, that will take care of itself, just me being on the field. But my ultimate goal is to crack that rotation.”