ESPN: Brent Venables proves his recruiting worth


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From ESPN:

There was a reason Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney and the Clemson administration were so persistent in trying to land former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Coming off a 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl, Swinney knew a change was needed with the team’s defensive identity.

Venables was the man for the job. But anybody who has followed Venables in his lengthy time at Kansas State and Oklahoma knows Venables hasn’t simply been one of the best position coaches of the last 15 years.

When Venables -- now the defensive coordinator for the Tigers -- hits the recruiting trail, he hits it hard. But even the most ardent Clemson supporters couldn’t have foreseen such an impact mere months into his tenure.

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