Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Clemson, FSU rank as out-of-state recruiters
By Heather Dinich
ESPN Insider LaRue Cook recently ranked the top 10 programs in the nation with the best out-of-state recruiting pipelines . No. 3 Clemson and No. 7 Florida State both made the cut, as Clemson has fared well in the state of Florida, and the Seminoles have lured in some top talent from Georgia.
For both programs, though, those trends seem to be changing a bit this year, as Cook writes that those particular pipelines are "drying up." Here is a brief excerpt from both:
Clemson: In 2008, the Tigers went into the Sunshine State and signed Jamie Harper and Kyle Parker. Three years later, they landed Tony Steward and Sammy Watkins. So maybe we should save judgment for 2014, because Clemson has struck out with every ESPN 300 recruit from Florida in 2013.
FSU: The Seminoles have been consistent in Georgia (Greg Reid being the biggest get in 2009), but have too much to mine in Florida to make their living elsewhere.
Clemson and Florida State have separated themselves from the rest of the ACC with their recent recruiting success, but when it comes to the best head coach recruiter, Clemson's Dabo Swinney stands alone in the ACC, according to ESPN Insider Travis Haney. Haney recently ranked the top 10 recruiting head coaches in the country, and Swinney checked in at No. 5. Here is an excerpt:
Swinney leans on Clemson's history and beautiful scenery in upstate South Carolina. And he also leans on his faith as something to connect with recruits and their families. He isn't just talking the talk, either. He reached out a couple of years ago to a friend of mine who was suffering from cancer, even though he lived a few hours away from campus. Swinney had heard he was a Tigers fan and made an effort to comfort him in a time of need. Swinney has humility; he never forgets that he worked in corporate real estate before Bowden hired him.