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Tyrone Crowder: Clemson Bolsters Strong Class with 4-Star Guard

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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 6, 2013

Clemson has officially made a splash on national signing day after landing 4-star guard Tyrone Crowder, per

The 6'1", 325-pound lineman highlights a top-15 class for the Tigers (according to, complete with 5-star cornerback Mackensie Alexander and 3-star corner Adrian Baker, who were also undecided before Wednesday.

Crowder—a strong, mauling blocker—will only add to a Clemson offense that averaged 41.0 points per game last season (sixth in the nation). He's a particularly vicious run-blocker who has the potential to be a strong pass-blocker with some work on his technique. The North Carolina native will have to watch his weight, but if he keeps up with his conditioning he figures to be a dynamic player for the Tigers on the offensive line.

Clemson now has power on both sides of the ball. In addition to Crowder on offense, the Tigers also have 4-star receiver Mike Williams and 3-star wideout Kyrin Priester, as well as 4-star running back Tyson Dye.

Beyond Alexander and Baker on defense, the Tigers landed 4-star linebackers Dorian O'Daniel, Ben Boulware and Wayne Gallman, as well as 4-star defensive linemen Shaq Lawson, Ebenezer Ogundeko and Scott Pagano.

The additions on defense will hopefully complement the offense for the Tigers. They ranked 48th in the country in points allowed per game last season (24.8), including ceding 49 points to Florida State on Sept. 22.

Crowder can become a strong component to their offense, but if the defense doesn't improve, it's going to be difficult to make a BCS bowl.

And while Tajh Boyd will be back under center, Clemson did lose star running back Andre Ellington. That makes Crowder's play at the next level even more important for the Tigers.

Overall, Clemson has to be happy with its recruiting class this year. Crowder was the icing on the cake.


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