"It seems as though everyone that commits there you read about the family atmosphere of Clemson as being the big reason," said Kelly, the nation's No. 5-rated quarterback and the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. "But it's so true. You walk inside there and everyone says hello and they all know everything about you. It makes you feel comfortable from the very beginning and you can just be yourself. You take the tour and again, everyone knows who you are. All the coaches know you before you are there. Everyone affiliated with the program knows you before you are there. It's just a lot different than some other places. The thing is it's so genuine."
Scott and the Tigers coaches know that Clemson won't appeal to all recruits. Still, there are plenty of college-bound football players looking for what the Tigers have to offer.
"We appeal to a certain type of recruit and we know that Clemson is not for everyone," Scott said. "The coaches are more than just about football. They have a genuine interest to see these players grow in life. It's an environment that Coach Swinney and the staff created. It's genuine and consistent. I honestly think it's not something you can fabricate.
"To be honest nothing is orchestrated or planned out. That would show through. What recruits and their families see is how we interact. We are all very close, live in the same neighborhood and our wives hang out together and spend a lot of time together. That's the overall philosophy of Coach Swinney and it's something he's created and cultivated. It's amazing. People talk about it. The players talk about it and relay it to the prospects. It's a 365-day thing."