The Clemson Tigers had a chance to sway 4-star wide receiver Tramel Terry away from the Georgia Bulldogs, but that chance has come and gone, as Terry has made his decision to sign with the Bulldogs.
Eric Guimaraes of PalmettoSports.com reports on Terry's decision:
WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek will sign with Georgia this Friday. Moments after telling Palmetto Sports he "had a lot to think about", Terry texted that he had made a decision. Terry now says after speaking with coaches from Georgia, he has decided to sign with the Bulldogs.
This is a big win for Georgia, especially since Terry has a history of being a bit shaky in regards to his commitment. Terry has already decommited from Georgia once, but he came back to commit to the Bulldogs the second time (ht/ Michael Carvell/AJC.com). Even so, he took an official visit to Clemson afterward, and it was reported (h/t Carvell/AJC.com) that his final decision to sign would come down to the two programs.
Clemson had a shot—a very good one at that—but Terry will soon be an official member of the Georgia football program, and this will go down as another loss for Clemson recruiting.
That said, there are still plenty of viable options for Dabo Swinney and his staff. So where do they go from here?
Clemson is obviously looking for at least one more deep threat to add to a 2013 class that already features two 4-star receivers and one 3-star wideout, according to Rivals.com. So let's look at the other targets who are still up in the air.
The obvious first choice would have to be 4-star receiver MarQuez North, who's from Charlotte, North Carolina. According to 247Sports, North has Clemson in his top five, albeit with North Carolina and Tennessee in the top two.
That said, Swinney and his program can offer a much better football experience than North Carolina can, and right now, Tennessee doesn't have a head coach. So there's no better time for Clemson to try to make a run up North's interest list than right now—especially after losing out on Terry.
After North, though, there aren't many marquee wide receiver names left that are interested in Clemson. So Swinney and his staff may be best served to move away from the position and focus on grabbing a few more prospects at other positions.
It's been a rough stretch of time for Clemson recruiting, but there are still a handful of elite recruits the Tigers have a shot at.
5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams is the biggest name Clemson can land. The school is in his top five, according to 247Sports. But Clemson would also make a huge splash by landing 4-star cornerback MacKensie Alexander (top two) or 4-star guard Tyrone Crowder (favorite).
Not being able to flip Terry is a disappointing loss for Clemson recruiting, but the Tigers are still in very good shape to salvage this 2013 recruiting cycle. It would be huge if they could move up North's interest list, and Swinney has to be feeling pretty good about his program's standing with Alexander and, especially, Crowder.
If the Tigers can somehow bring in Adams, it would all but erase losing the commitment of No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche. (Adams is considered to be the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2013 class by 247Sports).
What's next for Clemson?
Get back on the recruiting trail. That's all the Tigers can do, and this recruiting cycle is far from over.