Tigers and Dawgs battle for Georgia's top recruits


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The No.1 ILB in the country Raekwon McMillan will be in Clemson this weekend.
The No.1 ILB in the country Raekwon McMillan will be in Clemson this weekend.

CLEMSON – The final score of Saturday night’s opener between Clemson and Georgia might have national title implications and bragging rights for the two schools, but it might also have recruiting implications.

During the 2012 recruiting cycle, the Tigers were shut out of the state of Georgia, and Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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vowed that would change.

It did, as the Tigers picked up five commitments from the Peach State in 2013, and have five commitments from the state this recruiting cycle. Several of the state’s top players will be on hand Saturday night, and head coach Dabo Swinney was asked Wednesday if the final score affects recruiting when two schools are vying for a particular player.

“I’ve been a part of big wins against a team you’re recruiting against and you still don’t get the guy,” Swinney said after Wednesday’s practice. “You thought it might matter. Then, I’ve been on the other side of it where you get beat by them. You think it might hurt you, but it doesn’t.”

However, he did say that Clemson recruits Georgia just like it recruits the state of South Carolina.

“It’s important,” Swinney said of recruiting Georgia. “Georgia is about 20 miles from here. We recruit Georgia like it’s in-state.”

Swinney then said that Saturday provides all of the recruits – no matter what state they hail from – the chance to see Clemson at its finest.

“At the end of the day, it’s just a huge game where you have an opportunity to get so many people on your campus, have GameDay and all that to showcase Clemson,” Swinney said. “I think that’s a big thing. At the end of the day, with guys making decisions, it’s about the program. It’s about what they feel like the best fit for them is. It’s not necessarily about one particular game.”

Committed prospects from Georgia that will be at the game include Deshaun Watson Deshaun Watson
Quarterback
6-3, 190
Gainesville, GA

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, Korie Rogers Korie Rogers
Outside Linebacker
6-2, 200
Buford, GA

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, Demarre Kitt Demarre Kitt
Wide Receiver
6-1, 195
Tyrone, GA

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, Adam Choice Adam Choice
Running Back
5-9, 190
Thomasville, GA

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and Milan Richard Milan Richard
Tight End
6-5, 230
Savannah, GA

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. Some of the top non-committed Peach State prospects include Raekwon McMillan Raekwon McMillan
Linebacker
6-3, 235
Hinesville, GA

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, D.J. Smith D.J. Smith
Cornerback
6-0, 180
Marietta, GA

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and Andrew Williams Andrew Williams
Defensive End
6-4, 240
McDonough, GA

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.

Some of the best of the 2015 cycle will also be on hand, including OT Mitch Hyatt Mitch Hyatt
Offensive Tackle
6-6, 270
Suwannee, GA

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, DT Tim Settle Tim Settle
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 305
Manassas, VA

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and OLB Ricky Deberry Ricky Deberry
Linebacker
6-2, 235
Richmond, VA

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.

Other 2014 Clemson commits

WR Artavis Scott Artavis Scott
Wide Receiver
5-11, 180
Tarpon Springs, FL

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, Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake

RB C.J. Fuller C.J. Fuller
Running Back
5-10, 200
Easley, SC

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, Easley (SC) Easley

K Alex Spence Alex Spence
Kicker
6-2, 190
Florence, SC

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, Florence (SC) West Florence

LB Kendall Joseph Kendall Joseph
Linebacker
6-1, 230
Belton, SC

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, Belton (SC) B-HP

TE Cannon Smith Cannon Smith
Tight End
6-5, 235
Columbia, SC

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, Columbia (SC) Hammond School

OL Taylor Hearn Taylor Hearn
Offensive Line
6-5, 305
Williston, SC

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, Williston (SC) Williston Elko

RB Jae'lon Oglesby Jae'lon Oglesby
Running Back
5-11, 175
Central, SC

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, Central (SC) Daniel

Other 2014 visitors

WR Trevion Thompson Trevion Thompson
Wide Receiver
6-2, 170
Durham, NC

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, Durham (NC) Hillside

OG Donell Stanley, Latta (SC) Latta

OL David Sharpe David Sharpe
Offensive Tackle
6-8, 290
Jacksonville, FL

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, Jacksonville (FL) Providence School

ATH Jefferie Gibson Jefferie Gibson

6-4, 185
Hope Mills, NC

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, Hope Mills (NC) Grays Creek

LB Jalen Williams Jalen Williams
Athlete
6-0, 215
Blythewood, SC

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, Blythewood (SC) Blythewood

2015 Clemson commitments

LB J.D. Davis J.D. Davis
Linebacker
6-2, 215
Central, SC

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, Clemson (SC) Daniel

LB Judah Davis Judah Davis
Linebacker
6-2, 215
Central, SC

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, Clemson (SC) Daniel

Other 2015 visitors

RB Reggie Gallaspy Reggie Gallaspy
Running Back
5-11, 205
Greensboro, NC

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, Greensboro (NC) Southern Guilford

RB Bryce Love Bryce Love
Running Back
5-9, 180
Wake Forest, NC

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, Wake Forest (NC) Wake Forest-Rolesville

QB Anthony Ratliff Anthony Ratliff
Quarterback
6-1, 190
Matthews, NC

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, Matthews (NC) Butler

DB J.K. Britt, Newnan (GA) Newnan

QB Kelly Bryant Kelly Bryant
Wide Receiver
6-4, 200
Abbeville, SC

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, Piedmont (SC) Wren

LB Johnathan Sutton, Swansea (SC) Swansea

ATH Van Smith, Charlotte (NC) West Mecklenburg

QB Lorenzo Nunez Lorenzo Nunez
Quarterback
6-2, 180
Kennesaw, GA

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, Kennesaw (GA) Harrison

DE Darian Roseboro Darian Roseboro
Defensive End
6-4, 265
Lincolnton, NC

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, Lincolnton (NC) Lincolnton

LB Tanner Muse Tanner Muse
Safety
6-4, 205
Belmont, NC

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, Belmont (NC) South Point

OL Mason Veal Mason Veal
Offensive Tackle
6-6, 290
Charlotte, NC

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, Charlotte (NC) Ardrey Kell

ATH Nyheim Hines, Garner (NC) Garner

DB Kaleb Chalmers Kaleb Chalmers
Cornerback
5-11, 170
Greenwood, SC

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, Greenwood (SC) Greenwood

DB Mark Fields Mark Fields
Cornerback
5-9, 170
Charlotte,

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, Charlotte (NC) Hough

RB Taj Griffin Taj Griffin
Running Back
5-10, 175
Powder Springs, GA

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, Powder Springs (GA) McEachern

OL Chuma Edoga Chuma Edoga
Offensive Tackle
6-4, 275
Powder Springs, GA

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, Powder Springs (GA) McEachern

TE Garrett Williams Garrett Williams
Tight End
6-4, 215
Orlando, FL

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, Orlando (FL) First Academy

TE Harrison Moon Harrison Moon
Tight End
6-5, 240
Chattanooga, TN

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, Chattanooga (TN) Signal Mountain

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