CLEMSON, S.C. — With just over four weeks left in the 2014 recruiting cycle, Clemson’s hay is mostly in the proverbial barn.
A very small departing senior class (11 scholarship players) and a young roster means Dabo Swinney and his staff have had to be very judicious and careful with their scholarship offers.
Currently, Clemson has 18 verbal commitments expected to sign with the Tigers on the first Wednesday in February, and five of those players are already enrolled and will go through spring practice with their new teammates.
Even after three juniors (wide receivers Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins and cornerback Bashaud Breeland) declared for the NFL draft, Swinney said Saturday that he doesn’t expect more than a handful of additions to the class.
“We’ve got two or three guys we’re working hard on,” he said. “We’ll see what happens but if not we’re in good shape.”
The Class of 2014 is already well-regarded: 247 Sports ranks the class 16th-best nationally, third in the ACC behind Florida State and Miami.
There is plenty to talk about with the newest crop of Tigers. Let’s take a look, shall we?
*Unless otherwise noted, all quotes for this article were obtained directly by the author.