Tigers on same recruiting track as a year ago


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It seems like at least once every two days I get an email with the same question, and I see it a lot on the board: What is wrong with Clemson’s recruiting?

The simple answer: Nothing yet.

The general perception is that Clemson recruiting is struggling, and when the news came across on Wednesday that linebacker prospect Isaac McDonald was not only no longer being recruited by Clemson but was also no longer a commit, the questions came back.

Many people point to the fact that the Tigers now have just six commitments for the 2013 class, and they wonder if the Tigers are falling behind in a college football version of the arm’s race.

It also doesn’t help matters when several schools already have more commitments than the Tigers will even take in this recruiting cycle. Clemson plans to take 16-to-19, and Michigan already has 21 commitments (14 4-star guys) while Georgia – a school in Clemson’s back yard – has 19, nine which are 4-star guys. Even arch-rival South Carolina has 15 commitments, nine of which are 3-star prospects.

Adding to the concern is the fact that Florida has also had an impressive early recruiting haul, and several of those are prospects that were not only high on the Tigers but even had a few that had the Tigers as leaders at one point. Florida currently has 16 verbals, nine 4-stars and seven 3-stars.

However, in doing some research into last year’s solid recruiting class, the Tigers only had four commitments on board at this time a year ago – Shaq Lawson, Germone HopperGermone Hopper
Fr. Athlete
# 6-0, 175
Charlotte, NC

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, Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
Fr. Offensive Line
# 6-3, 285
Maryville, TN

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and Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
Fr. Offensive Line
# 6-4, 280
Roebuck, SC

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. It was at this juncture of the summer, however, that the commitments started pouring in.


Cordrea TankersleyCordrea Tankersley
Fr. Defensive Back
# 6-2, 195
Aiken, SC

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and Ronnie GeohaghanRonnie Geohaghan
Fr. Safety
# 6-0, 185
Fairfax, SC

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committed right as Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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’s camp began, and that started a domino effect of big-name recruits joining the Clemson fold. Defensive back Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Fr. Defensive Back
# 6-1, 180
Tallahassee, FL

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went the day after Geohaghan, and the next week saw quarterback Chad KellyChad Kelly
Fr. Quarterback
# 6-3, 205
Buffalo, NY

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and punter Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
Fr. Punter / Kicker
# 6-6, 220
Concord, NC

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announce their plans to attend Clemson, and the Tigers were off and running.

Indeed, it seemed the Tigers had filled many of their eventual spots by the end of the summer, and were able to concentrate on a few key players as the season progressed.

The good news is that the Tigers are on about the same track as last season. But with Dabo’s camp opening next week, it also be nice to see some of those 2013 dominoes begin to fall just as they did a year ago.


2013 Commitments

Name	        POS	Ht/Wt	Hometown	
Wayne Gallman	RB	6-1/195	Loganville, GA	
Ben Boulware	OLB	6-1/230	Anderson, SC	
Jordan Leggett	TE/ATH	6-6/235	Navarre, FL	
Dorian O'Daniel	OLB/RB	6-1/205	Olney, MD	
D.J. Greenlee	LB/WR	6-2/210	Central, SC	
Jadar Johnson	DB/S	6-1/180	Orangeburg, SC	

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Subject (Replies: 68) Author
spacer Front Page Story: Tigers on same recruiting track as a year ago
B-Meist®
spacer Recruiting is the one area where Dabo has earned our trust
Drobins
spacer Re: Recruiting is the one area where Dabo has earned our trust
footballmanager
spacer Suggestion:
Ridge Creek
spacer Reply meant for David.*
Ridge Creek
spacer unlike last year, it seems more players are committing early
firebarker
spacer Re: unlike last year, it seems more players are committing early
Ridge Creek
spacer It's more that we were weak...if the conference blew and we
El Tigre 1
spacer I guess Sammy, Bellamy, Steward, Anthony, etc...
Manning_Tiger®
spacer One bad year by a new coach is one thing but a patern
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spacer yawn***
tigrjm76®
spacer Define "constantly."
tiggerz04®
spacer Re: One bad year by a new coach is one thing but a patern
orangeman
spacer Re: One bad year by a new coach is one thing but a patern
facman
spacer Re: I guess Sammy, Bellamy, Steward, Anthony, etc...
deleted
spacer Ummm, how many top 150 players do the coots have?
melamb13
spacer Exactly, we have equal or better talent, yet they own us. So
deleted
spacer its not even close.......
wagenertiger
spacer We haven't had a good coach since Hatfield. He was a
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spacer Re: We haven't had a good coach since Hatfield. He was a
Bryanttiger®
spacer Holy smokes just when you think it can't get any worse!!!***
melamb13
spacer Yes absolutely nuts.**
estebanrocks
spacer A good coach can do something with talent...........
wagenertiger
spacer I said good, not great. Dabo took a team that had talent to
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spacer Faddy...
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spacer Re: I said good, not great. Dabo took a team that had talent to
sgt tiger®
spacer wrong way wrong on that talent comment.****
estebanrocks
spacer Oh sure, just disregard our O-line injuries late and
melamb13
spacer LOL We struggled early again wofford and other bad teams.
deleted
spacer I'm done with you Dude! For Pete's sake stay west of the
melamb13
spacer I'm not negative, I'm living in reality. It's not negative
deleted
spacer Okay one more time, how are YOU...YOU going to solve
melamb13
spacer He hasn't a clue. He hardly knows the difference between a
deleted
spacer You mean embrace your opinion. Which is like your #######,
tiggerz04®
spacer Re: Ummm, how many top 150 players do the coots have?
deleted
spacer Look at the total class.
Neilly
spacer We won the ACC, but got blown out by a bad BC St and
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spacer Re: unlike last year, it seems more players are committing early
orangeman
spacer Re: unlike last year, it seems more players are committing early
Litefoot®
spacer Line recruiting is terrible
TigerRoar61
spacer While he has proven himself on getting star recruits at the
omaha_in_07
spacer I think the difference this year
PenthouseTiger
spacer Unfortunately, many TigerNet posters are drama queens.
Judge Keller
spacer Re: Unfortunately, many TigerNet posters are drama queens.
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Right on! It's sickening!!!***
melamb13
spacer Reality check - The ACC does suck!! And Dabo is a mediocre
deleted
spacer And Blue Caddie is a half a-s-s poster...
milerock®
spacer Re: And Blue Caddie is a half a-s-s poster...
tigrjm76®
spacer Re: Reality check - The ACC does suck!! And Dabo is a mediocre
orangeman
spacer Who cares.
dannyfan1981
spacer Re: Who cares.
Manning_Tiger®
spacer Re: Who cares.
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: Who cares.
TunnelTiger
spacer Dabo isn't anywhere close to being another Ford.***
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spacer Ford took 3 star recruits and made them NFL players.***
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spacer Re: Ford took 3 star recruits and made them NFL players.***
deroberts
spacer B/c I follow the rules. Being honest and pointing out the
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spacer Re: B/c I follow the rules. Being honest and pointing out the
deroberts
spacer Re: B/c I follow the rules. Being honest and pointing out the
Bryanttiger®
spacer It's people like him that make me stay away from this board!***
melamb13
spacer I got tmailed from crump too about calling
Bryanttiger®
spacer bbbut Swofford, Big 12...***
josephg®
spacer Re: Patently false. I saw the wins but also saw a team playing
Tiger_Maniac
spacer Re: Front Page Story: Tigers on same recruiting track as a year ago
clemtiger117
spacer Yup. He told me almost a year ago he was going to provide
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spacer What Should Fire Up Real Clemson Football fans & CU grads
orangeman
spacer Re: What Should Fire Up Real Clemson Football fans & CU grads
orangeman
spacer a lot of people are saying the ob will kill our recruiting,
sgt tiger®
spacer Early Guesses at how the class ends in Feb-013
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