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Artavis Scott puts glorious finish to bittersweet weekend

Former East Lake High star Artavis Scott (right) celebrates Clemson's national title with former Sickles star Ray Ray McCloud (left) and Tampa Bay Tech alumnus Deon Cain.

JOEY KNIGHT | Times

Former East Lake High star Artavis Scott (right) celebrates Clemson's national title with former Sickles star Ray Ray McCloud (left) and Tampa Bay Tech alumnus Deon Cain.

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January

Amid the midnight euphoria, Artavis Scott looked upward, through the orange and pink confetti raining onto the Raymond James Stadium field, and acknowledged one of his biggest fans on the greatest night of his athletic life.

Scott's paternal grandfather, John Battle, passed away while the Tigers were in Arizona preparing for the Fiesta Bowl. Scott attended his funeral Saturday, then honored him mightily Monday by helping lift Clemson to its first national title in 35 years.

"It's been crazy...but I know he's watching us through this whole time, and I'm just thankful that it happened at this moment," Scott, a former East Lake High star, said in the triumphant locker room.

"I'm just so happy that we won this championship, man. I talked about it at my grandfather's funeral."

Scott finished with three catches, giving him a Clemson career record 245. He still wouldn't say afterward whether he'll bypass his senior season for the NFL Draft, but his parents said Thursday he will turn pro.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 2:17am]

    

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