Clemson's NSD: Five takeaways

Clemson closed the 2016 recruiting cycle with another nationally-ranked recruiting class, and it was full of stars. But the stars don’t even begin to tell the entire story. Here are five takeaways from National Signing Day.


The Spark: Emotional speech lifts Tigers
Trailing 28-20 at Wake Forest and looking confused on offense and lackadaisical on defense, the Clemson basketball team needed a spark. Donte Grantham provided that spark. Photo by Jeremy Brevard / USATODAY


Clemson is coming? Not anymore
Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony announced on National Signing Day five years ago that 'Clemson is coming." Anthony admitted a few weeks ago that the phrase is now outdated. The Tigers are no longer coming. They've arrived.


Can a linebacker solve Clemson's kickoff woes?
Clemson's kickoff coverage woes last season are well-documented, and it was a long return that cost dearly in the title game. Enter linebacker commit Jamie Skalski, who thinks he might have a solution.


Elite lineman follows his heart to Clemson
The offer list for John Simpson shows that he could have gone to almost any school in the country, but at the end of the day he followed his heart.

2016 FOOTBALL COMMITS (21)
NamePOSHt/WtHometownESPN Rank
Dexter Lawrence PhotoDexter LawrenceDT6-5/340Wake Forest, NC
Nyles Pinckney PhotoNyles PinckneyDT6-3/290Seabrook, SC
Tavien Feaster PhotoTavien FeasterRB6-0/202Spartanburg, SC
Tre Lamar PhotoTre LamarMLB6-4/240Roswell, GA
T.J. Chase PhotoT.J. ChaseWR6-2/185Plant City, FL
J.C. Chalk PhotoJ.C. ChalkTE6-4/230Argyle, TX
Trayvon Mullen PhotoTrayvon MullenS6-2/180Pompano Beach, FL
Sean Pollard PhotoSean PollardOG6-5/295Southern Pines, NC
Zerrick Cooper PhotoZerrick CooperQB6-4/200Jonesboro, GA
Rahshaun Smith PhotoRahshaun SmithMLB/DE6-3/240Bradenton, FL
Diondre Overton PhotoDiondre OvertonWR6-5/195Greensboro, NC
Xavier Kelly PhotoXavier KellyDE6-5/255Wichita, KS
Isaiah Simmons PhotoIsaiah SimmonsS6-3/215Olathe, KS
Jamie Skalski PhotoJamie SkalskiMLB6-1/230Newnan, GA
Cornell Powell PhotoCornell PowellWR6-1/200Greenville, NC
Tremayne Anchrum PhotoTremayne AnchrumOG/OT6-3/268Powder Springs, GA
Chandler Reeves PhotoChandler ReevesOT6-6/255McDonough, GA
K'Von Wallace PhotoK'Von WallaceATH/DB6-0/175Highland Springs, VA
Brian Dawkins Jr. PhotoBrian Dawkins Jr.CB5-8/190Fork Union, VA--
Nolan Turner PhotoNolan TurnerS6-2/190Vestavia Hills, AL--
Cade Stewart PhotoCade StewartOT6-4/300Central, SC--

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