Playoff Championship Clemson Alabama Football

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney talks to Deshaun Watson during the Tigers' national championship victory over Alabama in January. Clemson will make its celebratory trip to the White House on Monday. (File/AP Photo)

The official NFL Scouting Combine invitation list has been released and, as expected, is littered with Clemson players — nine to be exact. 

Quarterback Deshaun Watson, wide receiver Mike Williams, linebacker Ben Boulware, running back Wayne Gallman, safety Jadar Johnson, tight end Jordan Leggett, wide receiver Artavis Scott, cornerback Cordrea Tankersley and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins all got the nod. 

With nine players invited, Clemson's showing will be tied for the ACC's largest, with Miami, which also sends nine. Florida State had eight players land on the list, while North Carolina and Louisville each had seven. Alabama, the national championship runner-up after Clemson beat the Crimson Tide, will send 10. 

No players were invited from South Carolina. The most notable omission among the Gamecocks was Darius English, a 6-6, 245-pound defensive end whose nine sacks tied for fourth-most in the SEC this past season. Charleston Southern sends offensive tackle Erik Austell, Coastal Carolina sends running back De'Angelo Henderson and South Carolina State sends offensive lineman Javarius Leamon. 

The NFL Combine is a crucial week for players to make some of their final impressions on NFL scouts, general managers and coaches ahead of April's draft. Players will compete in physical drills on the field, but also sit down with teams for formal interviews. 

This year's combine is scheduled to begin Feb. 28 and runs through March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Clemson's Pro Day, when NFL personnel will travel to Death Valley, is set for March 16. 

Reach Grace Raynor at 843-937-5591. Follow her on Twitter @gmraynor.

Grace is the Post and Courier's Clemson reporter. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in journalism.

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