Athlon: Recruiting Rankings #16 Clemson

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Where They Got 'Em:

The Palmetto State is extremely territorial. There are South Carolina areas and Clemson areas that normally follow party lines when it comes to recruiting. The Gameocks have shaken that standard up with the likes of Marcus Lattimore of late. However, the Tigers have countered with a tremendous influence in the state of Florida.

That said, the Carolinas will always be key for Clemson recruiting, and that is obviously not lost on Dabo Swinney. The Tigers signed 15 players (11 from South Carolina, four from North Carolina) from the two states, including two of the top six in each state. There were 13 nationally rated prospects from the Carolinas this cycle and Clemson inked four of them.

The top-rated player in this class, Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Fr. Defensive Back
# 6-1, 180
Tallahassee, FL

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, comes to Clemson from the Sunshine State and only further indicates the Tigers' power in the talent-rich state of Florida. Swinney also signed two from New York, including the top player in the state (quarterback Chad KellyChad Kelly
Fr. Quarterback
# 6-3, 205
Buffalo, NY

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). One each from Tennessee and Arkansas round out the 20-man haul.

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