Swinney remembers Tim Tebow as the best recruit that got away


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ESPN released it latest article on Thursday of the best 9 stories from head coaches about top recruits that got away.

Dabo Swinney had a realistic shot at getting Tim Tebow to Clemson but had to halt his recruitment because the Tigers landed another quarterback commit.

"I had just gotten to Clemson, and there was a kid named Lawrence Timmons, who turned out to be a really good player," Swinney said. "He was down in Florence, South Carolina, and I got in it late with him, but he was a guy that I would have loved to have had at Clemson. The other one I would say is Tim Tebow. That was because I had to call Tim and tell him we could no longer recruit him because we had gotten a big commitment from a junior and I wasn't the head coach at the time. We told that junior we wouldn't sign a quarterback in that class ahead of him. That was probably the one that maybe still sticks with me a little bit because I really loved Tim and his family, and I had a great relationship and I really felt like we had a good shot to get him at Clemson."

Tebow ended up playing at Florida, winning the Heisman trophy in 2007 as a sophomore and being on two BCS National Championship teams in 2006 and 2008. During his Heisman trophy year, he had 32 passing touchdowns and 23 rushing touchdowns.

At the end of his college career, he held five NCAA, 14 SEC conference, and 28 Florida statistical records according to wikipedia.

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