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