Clemson Football Recruiting: Top 6 Positional Needs for 2011

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Clemson Football Recruiting: Top 6 Positional Needs for 2011
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Ellington is one of the few playmakers the Tigers have on offense, and the upcoming recruiting class brings plenty of potential firepower.

With National Signing Day drawing closer and closer, the Clemson Tigers will look to finish their recruiting class on a high note, hoping to bring in a loaded class of at least 24 commitments. Clemson's 2011 recruiting class is among the best in the nation, possessing great potential on both sides of the ball, especially on the offensive side, which has obtained commitments from some of the best prospects in the nation such as running back Mike Bellamy and wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Charone Peake.

Coming off their first losing season (6-7) since 1998, the Tigers desperately need to find answers for their incompetent offense and kicking game woes. They also need to obtain more talent on defense, especially at linebacker.

The process to fix the offense has started with a complete overall of the offensive coaching staff, hiring Chad Morris as offensive coordinator and Tony Elliot as running backs coach, while moving Brad Scott to an administrative position and hiring Robbie Caldwell. Only wide receivers/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott has remained intact on the offensive coaching staff.

With a new coaching staff in place, head coach Dabo Swinney must continue his evaluations of the football team and get the right pieces in place to avoid another losing season, and not all of them are on the offense.

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