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All Time Recruiting Gaffes? One that comes immediately to

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 12:42 PM
 

mind is Alabama recruiting Bo Jackson. In interviews, Bo said he was told that it would probably be his junior year before he even saw the field at Bama. Pat Dye told him he would start right away. That is how Awbarn got what is arguably the best running back in college football history.

Anyone got similar stories?

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For us, although it couldn't be considered a "gaffe", the

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 12:51 PM
 

fact that Devonte Holloman and Stephon Gilmore both decommitted and later became stars at Cooterville due to Tommy Bowden stepping down certainly set our program back defensively. Those two in no small way contributed to their infamous 5-Bomb streak.

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They were great players but we would up with Dabo, 2

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:15 PM
 

Natty's, on a 6 game coot winning streak, ACC titles, 5 consecutive playoff appearances, 29 game winning streak, etc. I'll take the end result.

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Re: They were great players but we would up with Dabo, 2

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:43 PM
 

Agree. It was worth it. In fact, it is not possible for me to wish any change in our history with the Chickens because most alternative present states couldn't possible be as good and the actual present state.


Re: They were great players but we would up with Dabo, 2

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 3:16 PM
 

Yea and hasn’t Holloman had A lot of issues with the law?

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Re: They were great players but we would up with Dabo, 2

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 4:13 PM
 

No. Holloman is coaching. At South Pointe now was in Beaufort.


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Re: For us, although it couldn't be considered a "gaffe", the

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 4:10 PM
 

In line with those was Sam Montgomery in the class of 2009. He was the #3 defensive end in the nation out of Greenwood. That team had the best defense in South Carolina in 2007 and 2008 and he was the big star (though they had some other great players like Josh Norman, DJ Swearinger, and Kelcy Quarles - Clemson whiffed on all of them). 6'4", 260 pounds, ran like an 11 second 100 meter dash, and was so powerful. He was also smart and seemed to really like the Tigers. I really wanted him to come to Clemson.

But Bowden and Dabo didn't pursue him very hard at all. Meanwhile, Spurrier, Saban, and Miles went hardcore after him. He ended up a unanimous first-team All-American for LSU. In 2010, our defensive line would have been Da'Quan Bowers, Jarvis Jenkins, Brandon Thompson, and Sam Montgomery and would have greatly improved our mediocre defensive line in 2011.


I will never, ever be sorry we didn't get DJ Swearinger. He

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 5:51 PM
 

was amd is, a thug of the highest order. I would not want him associated with Clemson in any way.

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We had a huge gaffe

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 12:54 PM
 

We dropped off Parnell Burnside because we were told he wasn’t going going to qualify academically. Actually, he was a National Merit Scholar with a 1480 on his SATs. Someone lied to us.

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Re: We had a huge gaffe

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 12:57 PM
 

But we did land Jimmy Greenbeans, so it all worked out in the end

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When Kornblut spoke to Gronk the night before signing day

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 12:59 PM
 

and Gronk led us all to believe he was coming to Clemson.

We got Gronked!

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He was...

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:51 PM
 

until Arizona offered his brother a full ride at the 11th hour.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:00 PM
 

over 100 years of suck


Re: All Time Recruiting Gaffes? One that comes immediately to

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:01 PM
 

Tommy Bowden pulled the plug and dabo recruiting Tim Tebow because of Willy korn. Dabo said he wanted to keep recruiting Tim and tim was interested but he wasn’t the head coach.


Re: All Time Recruiting Gaffes? One that comes immediately to

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:05 PM
 

Imagine Tim Tebow, James Davis, CJ Spiller, Jacoby Ford, Aron kelly.


Re: All Time Recruiting Gaffes? One that comes immediately to

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:12 PM
 

We finish 2nd again in the Atlantic and give Tommy another extension because we might be better next year.

We miffed on TIMMY! so we could get dabo?


Imagine Tommy Bowden still being here

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 2:00 PM
 

because of that.... :O

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No Thanks, I'll pass on that scenario.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 5:55 PM
 

I have never been as frustrated with Clemson football as I was with Tommy Bowden after that 2008 Weak Florist debacle.

During my time at Clemson, we were bad, but it was easy to see that we just didn't match up talentwise with MANY of our opponents. Bowden brought in talent, but couldn't coach it worth a lick.

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Re: No Thanks, I'll pass on that scenario.

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Posted: Nov 4, 2020, 10:09 AM
 

^Can't say that enough.

I never thought he could keep the kids focused. You could almost tell in the first 10 minutes of every game if it was going to be loss. He (and his staff) struggled to make any adjustments if we were flat.

The 2011 or so Maryland game where we were down 18 points on the road was the culture changer.


Re: All Time Recruiting Gaffes? One that comes immediately to

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 2:43 PM
 

Sorry, but I ain't buying that. Tibow was a gator from the day of his birth. Parents were big gator fans. He lived in St. Augustine, just south of Jaxsonville. He was so much in the pocket of UF that Bobby Bowden didn't even try to recruit him.

Clemson may have been recruiting him, but no way was he going anywhere except UF.

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Re: All Time Recruiting Gaffes? One that comes immediately to

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:09 PM
 

Props to Pat Dye for being honest, there certainly were/are many coaches that would have lied about it just to get him to commit. So sad his career ended on such a fluke injury. For you youngsters he was an amazing runner and a MLB All-star.


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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 3:36 PM
 




Some would argue Dion. The best athlete ever who excelled at every sport he played was Jim Brown, like you, this is my opinion.


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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 4:27 PM
 

Jim Thorpe says hi.


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Posted: Nov 4, 2020, 12:04 PM
 

Did he come back just to vote Biden/Harris?


LSU being late to the party with ETN.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:21 PM
 

He was a lock for LSU, except for the fact that LSU was slow playing him.

We snuck in at the final hour and ended up with the best back in the history of the ACC.


Re: LSU being late to the party with ETN.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 2:14 PM
 

My favorite part of that story was that we got on him because an Alabama assistant told us we might want to have a look at him. They knew he could be a good player and wanted to avoid having to play against him every year. Well, how did that work out? They have already played against him twice with another chance this year.


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Re: LSU being late to the party with ETN.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 4:23 PM
 

I heard that Nick Saban told Dabo to recruit ETN.


Re: LSU being late to the party with ETN.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 4:26 PM
 

rse said:

I heard that Nick Saban told Dabo to recruit ETN.




I heard it was an assistant coach that put Clemson on Etienne. They didn't want A & M to have him in the SEC West. Could have been Nikita Satan though.


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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 5:57 PM
 

:)

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+1 for LSU screwing the pooch with Etienne

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 2:02 PM
 

Their refusal to make a solid commitment to him turned him into the greatest running back in ACC history. Not many recruiting gaffes deal with players of his history book rewriting caliber.

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Hiring Ken Hatfield***

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 2:58 PM
 




Not a gaffe, but I'll never forget the night that Kornblut said he'd walk

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 4:52 PM
 

from Columbia to Clemson buck nekkid if QB Tommie Frazier didn't commit to Clemson. That's how big a "lock" it was. This was on his old SportsTalk radio show in the early 90's... I think his sidekick on that show was Teddy Heffner? Not positive. Anyway. Frazier was from Florida... no way, NO WAY he would go to Nebraska. But of course he did... and led those freaking awesome, dominant Nebraska teams that won multiple nat'l titles and are always in the discussion of the best college team in history.

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Re: All Time Recruiting Gaffes? One that comes immediately to

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 5:20 PM
 

There was some recruit we offered a few years ago that was a high school QB that we recruited as an athlete and told him he would have to earn a spot and playing time when he got on campus.

Muscoot told him he could play QB at cooterville college and he would be the best thing since Suggs and Ellis. I don't know whatever became of him, but I assume he's currently working his way into a radio broadcasting position.


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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 5:24 PM
 




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