National Signing Day 2011: Clemson Football’s Top 7 Recruiting Commitments

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National Signing Day 2011: Clemson Football’s Top 7 Recruiting Commitments
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Dabo's 2011 recruting class is his best class yet, ranking among the top ten.

The 2010 season for the Clemson Tigers fell far short of expectations.

Coming off a 9-4 season in which first-year head coach Dabo Swinney won the Atlantic Division, the Tigers hit a major bump in the road by falling to a disgraceful record of 6-7. This was the first losing season for the Tigers since the Tommy West era over a decade ago.

Swinney has guaranteed that while he is head coach, a season like 2010 will never happen again. He has put his words into action immediately, starting with the terminations of offensive coordinator Billy Napier and running backs/special teams coordinator Andre Powell.

To replace them, Swinney has hired Tulsa's offensive coordinator Chad Morris, who looks to install a fast-paced offense and bring some life into the Clemson offense.

Powell was replaced by Tony Elliott as running backs coach, and Marion Hobby has returned after the departure of Chris Rumph to Alabama.

A lot has happened for this Clemson football program this offseason, and more changes are sure to come, especially after signing day.

Despite all of the changes, Clemson has held on to all of its commitments (with the exception of running back Marlin Lane due to off the field concerns) and has even added great prospects in defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and linebacker Lateek Townsend. Swinney and the coaching staff have done a phenomenal job in holding on to their commitments and possessing a top 10 recruiting class.

Barring any injuries, several of these players have the chance to play immediately, especially on offense, which was in need of more playmakers at the wide receiver and skill positions. Clemson has several top players coming in that could mean the difference between a trip to Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game or a return trip to the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

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