The Clemson coaching staff hit the road last week to kick-off recruiting season. While the week started off by locking up verbal commitments, the staff made some big strides with some big names.
We broke the story last week that running backs coach Burton Burns had put Clemson in the door with Louisiana running back Chris Brown. The staff certainly did not stop there.
Wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney showcased why he is considered one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation. Swinney made a stop in Tallahassee, and he pushed the Tigers right near the top with Kareem Crowell and Marcus Udell. Crowell maintains he is still verbally committed Auburn, but he is visiting Clemson January 13th or 20th. Udell has changed his Clemson from January 20th to January 13th.
Swinney also received a phone call from Marcus Sims’ father. Sims’ father inquired about Clemson interest in his son as a running back. Clemson quickly informed his father they were interest, and Sims is set to visit Clemson January 13th.
The action continued for Swinney as he pushed Clemson to the front for the services of linebacker Kevin Alexander. Alexander is a highly underrated prospect from the state of Florida. He is scheduled to visit Clemson January 13th.
One of the most important visits Swinney had was with Kendrick Johnson. Swinney was joined by Johnson’s primary recruiter David Blackwell. Johnson had apparently opened up his recruitment, but Swinney and Blackwell slammed the door and Johnson is expected to enroll in January.
Burns had a key visit with Clemson commitment Byron Maxwell. South Carolina was working hard to get in with Maxwell, but after an in-home visit with Burns, Maxwell is firm with the Tigers. Burns made a trip to Fork Union on Friday to visit with TJ Williams and Jacoby Ford. Williams is awaiting his test score to get the final go ahead to enroll in January. Ford is looking at Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech may be the team to beat for Ford.
Marion Hobby appeared to pick up his second verbal commitment with linebacker Jeremy Campbell. Campbell denied reports that he was committed to Clemson, but he did say he will make a decision after his visit to Kansas (December 9).
It was a hectic and productive first week for the Tigers coaching staff. One trip we can confirm for the second week is Coach Swinney, Coach Burns, and Coach Bowden will be in Fork Union on Tuesday.