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Best recruit we were within inches of but did not

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Jul 18, 2018, 6:13 PM

get. Got to be Hershall. Lots of sources have told me he wanted to come to Clemson but the fat cats that wear red and black made sure it did not happen. He even admitted several years ago that had he not gone to GA he would have come to Clemson.

Also, Clowney. Was a USux lean forever but he visited us right before signing date and word has it Dabo snowed his mother and she wanted him to come to Clemson. I do remember the Coots were nervous as #### until he signed.

Lastley, the two RB’s from North Carolina (right before Chubb). Both narrowed it down to us and GA and when the first one committed to them, all were convinced the second one would be a Tiger.

Also read recently that Dabo had a great relationship with Tim Teebow and felt good about getting him but Tommy B. nixed the recruiting because he had promised Willy Korn that if he committed we would not go after another QB.

Any others?

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Nkemdiche which in hind sight probably glad we didn’t and then

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Jul 18, 2018, 6:17 PM

Rashan Gary was no slouch
But hard to compete with Tim Tebow and Herschel walker for game changers


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Re: Nkemdiche which in hind sight probably glad we didn’t and then

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Jul 18, 2018, 9:07 PM

Yeah. Just imagine the force to be reckoned with Tebow would’ve been with Rob Spence as his position coach & play caller. Remember when we were bubble screen U?

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Jul 18, 2018, 6:21 PM

Rob Gronkowski deserves that list.

He Gronk'd us on national signing day. Still in the recruiting lexicon, actually.

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Jul 18, 2018, 6:23 PM

Of course most people remember Tony Rice but also Tommie Frazier who later led Nebraska to a NC. According to Korncoot, he was headed Clemson's way until Hatfield signed Patrick Sapp which caused Frazier to back off. Now I love Patrick and he has been a great ambassador for Clemson football, but Frazier would have been great running our offense at the time!

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Jul 18, 2018, 6:29 PM

Larry Csonka.....Frank wanted to make him a linebacker or something, not a fullback

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Rice was ineligible in the ACC

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Jul 18, 2018, 7:37 PM

They didn’t allow PQs at the time, relaxed it a little when FSU joined

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Jul 18, 2018, 6:29 PM

Dan Marino (1978) and Herschel Walker (1979).

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Jul 18, 2018, 10:02 PM

We were close to getting Marino?

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Jul 18, 2018, 11:41 PM

Yep I remember that. I have an old paper Orange & White talking about their recruitment. We may not have even won the 81 Natty if we signed them. Who knows?

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Jul 18, 2018, 6:33 PM

Emmett Smith!

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Jul 18, 2018, 6:35 PM

Todd Gurley

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Obviously, the answer to this question is

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Jul 18, 2018, 6:49 PM

Mike McIntosh

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Haha! I live an hour and a half from Knoxville


Jul 18, 2018, 8:37 PM

So Terry (?) Minor and Mike (?) Cofer


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The definition of awesome!


Tommy Frazier***


Jul 18, 2018, 6:51 PM



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Jul 18, 2018, 6:53 PM

The verdict is still out on how good this kid will be, but Xavier Mckinney absolutely fooled everyone signing with Bama. Would be nice to have him back there this yr.

PS: A lot of good names have been posted

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I remember that - always heard that his sister.........


Jul 18, 2018, 7:01 PM

was offered a track scholarship to UGA and that's what made the difference - so they'd both be at the same school.

He couldn't lose either way - would have won a national title at either school!

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Jul 18, 2018, 7:02 PM

Todd Gurley too if it hasn't already been written.

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Jul 18, 2018, 7:03 PM

Tymere Zimmerman

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Jul 18, 2018, 7:36 PM

I would have to say Tony Rice. He was Clemson bound until Lou Holtz bought him during a weekend visit to Notre Dame.

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Jul 18, 2018, 9:55 PM

2000® said:

I would have to say Tony Rice. He was Clemson bound until Lou Holtz bought him during a weekend visit to Notre Dame.


Tony Rice was a devastating recruit to lose. With our defenses and surrounding talent in the late 1980s, Tony Rice would’ve been the upgrade at the quarterback position that would have led to a national championship one year or another.

It was obvious by his junior year at Woodruff high school that he would be a game changer at the college level.

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Gronkowski***


Jul 18, 2018, 7:42 PM



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I'll defer to Tiger Woods who be like


Jul 18, 2018, 7:44 PM

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I give TW a pass on that one, since EVERYBODY


Jul 19, 2018, 10:44 AM

looked surprised (and unhappy) when the word "Michigan" came forth from his lips.

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Jul 18, 2018, 8:01 PM

Dan Marino

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Jul 18, 2018, 8:07 PM

Tebow??

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Jul 18, 2018, 8:16 PM

Gronkowski

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You named most of the greats I know about OP


Jul 18, 2018, 8:22 PM

I think Tebow was an even greater loss than Herschel simply because we were still championship worthy without Herschel, who later admitted Dooley and the Dogs outbid us for his talent. Tebow was a Clemson kind of guy and a Tommy Bowden and Dabo type if there has ever been one. He was a lot like DW in that he could just "will" a team to victory.

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Larry Csonka, Dan Marino***

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Jul 18, 2018, 9:57 PM



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Jul 18, 2018, 9:58 PM

Zion Williamson.

Too soon?

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Jul 18, 2018, 10:02 PM

Jeff Francour

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Jul 18, 2018, 10:09 PM

We got Jeff. He just went to make millions and still a huge tiger fan

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Jeff Burris


Jul 18, 2018, 10:31 PM

Always heard we were this close. Marino beat us up pretty badly but with him, may not have gotten SF4.

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Jul 18, 2018, 10:58 PM

Fuller was before Marino

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Jul 18, 2018, 10:48 PM

I always regret, we were not able to pull in Raekwon McMillan. Boulware was a beast but could you imagine what Venables could have done with an athlete like Raekwon in his schemes.

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Joe Montana.....


Jul 18, 2018, 11:35 PM

not sure how close Clemson came to signing him.

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Jul 18, 2018, 11:45 PM



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Re: Best recruit we were within inches of but did not


Jul 19, 2018, 9:48 AM

Recent memory: Todd Gurley, Dalvin Cook, Robert Nkemdiche, Raekwon McMillan, and Rashan Gary.

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Tebow.


Jul 19, 2018, 10:46 AM

No doubt he would have totally changed our fortunes back then, but for the end result, I will take history just as it really unfolded.

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Without a doubt

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Jul 19, 2018, 11:14 AM

Parnell Burnside

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Jul 19, 2018, 11:34 AM

Yeah I will put my life on the line to tell you he was the best I ever saw.

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