Why does Clemson have small recruiting classes

Joined: October 3rd, 2013, 4:59 pm

May 7th, 2018, 4:54 am #1

Clemson has averaged 16-17 players per class for the last 3 years (Last year they only had 14).    To be so successful it seems odd.  I was able to find the following from Dabo on Tigernet:  https://www.tigernet.com/story/football ... -off-15600.   For some odd reason I can not copy and past from this source but it essentially states Clemson does not run players off, players don't want to leave the program, and Swinney does not believe in over signing so he only offers scholarships he has to offer.  

Considering Clemson's recent success is Swinney on to something?   I am watching Pruitt right now chase every player available in the nation and handing out scholarships like crazy.   I know our situation is more desperate but Clemson was not a high swinging program with Dabo took it over either so I wonder if it is something worth emulating?   Everyone seems so intent on copying Saban who loves over signing but maybe a good model for a legacy school like Tennessee might be over the mountain.  
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Joined: August 10th, 2017, 5:39 am

May 7th, 2018, 5:51 pm #2

DocVOLiday wrote:

Considering Clemson's recent success is Swinney on to something?   
No.

He is getting one less recruiting class every 4 years compared to Bama.  He is leaving himself no room for when a class doesn't work out.  
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Joined: August 10th, 2017, 5:39 am

May 7th, 2018, 6:20 pm #3

Clemson recruiting numbers under Dabo:

2010- 23 - 24th ranked class (9 blue chips) 
2011- 29 - 8th (10) 
2012- 20 - 14th (9) 
2013- 23 - 14th (10)
2014- 22 - 13th (8)
2015- 26 - 4th (12)
2016- 22 - 6th (13)
2017- 14 - 22nd (9)
2018- 17 - 8th (12)

So, his first 7 classes he averaged almost 24 players a class and those classes were the ones that produced 3 straight playoff berths and a Natty.  The last 2 class average almost 16 players!

He is continuing to do a good job of recruiting blue chips though.
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Joined: October 3rd, 2013, 4:59 pm

May 8th, 2018, 4:16 am #4

It is still hard to believe that 2017 was so poor considering they were coming off a national championship.  Did the coaching staff take the summer off to polish the trophy?
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May 8th, 2018, 4:49 am #5

Stability.
Live with egrets, not regrets.
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Joined: August 30th, 2012, 2:29 pm

May 8th, 2018, 5:00 am #6

sec realist wrote: Stability.
With the coaching staff?  I think this is a big deal if the coaches are solid recruiters because they develop the relationships early.
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Joined: September 4th, 2012, 11:23 am

May 15th, 2018, 3:39 pm #7

This class is starting out fast

Question: is the 2016 National Title the best resume of any team ever...I bought about this recent

Beat Saban, Urban, Jimbo who at the time were 3 of 4 coaches with a national title. He beat Gus who had taken a team to a BCS title game and beat the Heisman winning QB in Lamar Jackson...

The Bama defense they beat has had every single starter drafted in the first three rounds...

I would say you’d be hard pressed to find a better resume than that.
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