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Question-What did you think about USC's Rick Minter's comments quoted in the Greenville News? This looks like locker room bulletin board stuff I'd expect to see quoted from a player with a big mouth, but not a coach. He obviously didn't go to the Lou Holtz School of Media Interviews. Rick promises a win at Clemson, while Lou says that just playing Troy State scares him to death. Thanks, Reb
Answer-I loved the comments. The rivalry always needs more fire. Remember that he was talking to booster group. I loved his comments. They will only intensify the rivalry. USC fans need to hear those kind of things and need to gain confidence in their new staff. I liked it in August but it will have little effect in November.
Question-What effect, if any, will Josh Miller's commitment have on the other LB's
that Clemson is recruiting for 2005? Talk to you later, John
Answer-It will probably have little effect on the top ones like Clay and Stamper. But it will put a little pressure on some of the ones that were a little further down the list. The staff will not take any commitments from now until January from players who are not in the top two or three on their board at each position. The numbers will get tight now. The staff would like to sign three true linebackers but that could change depending on how Vincent, Pearson and other young linebackers look.
Question-1-It appears that more colleges are lining up their recruiting classes early this year. UVA has close to 25 players committed. Why the early rush? 2. Why is Clemson taking a commit from a one star player (Tony Nelson) early? Our coaches see something others don't? Philip
Answers-The trend continues because coaches evaluate earlier and pressure the kids earlier. The coaches see the kids in camp and on film and offer earlier as opposed to waiting until their senior film. The players are committing earlier because it takes pressure off of them. However, in the end many will still take official visits because they miss the attention. As far as Nelson goes, the staff liked him in camp. He ran in the 4.4 range and they liked his athleticism and versatility.