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Tigers making early moves on Signing Day

Head coach Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers have been big movers early on National Signing Day. As of 1:00 ET, Clemson has moved up to No. 10 on the ESPNU rankings after securing commitments from both the top inside linebacker and the top outside linebacker on the ESPNU 150.

ILB Tony Steward, the No. 9 overall prospect, and OLB Stephone Anthony, the No. 32 overall prospect, each chose Clemson live on ESPNU today. Steward was considering the Florida State Seminoles while Anthony was looking at the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Virginia Tech Hokies. Not only did the Tigers strengthen themselves but they kept a five-star and four-star defender away from some of their ACC rivals.

This gives Clemson eight players in the ESPNU 150 and they are still in on the nation’s top overall prospect, DT Jadaveon Clowney as well as the No. 3 DT prospect Gabe Wright.

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Another big move is being made by the BCS National Champion Auburn Tigers who received a live commitment today from the No. 3 overall prospect, OT Cyrus Kouandjio. That gives Auburn the top center, the top two offensive tackles and the No. 2 quarterback prospect in the country among their eight ESPNU 150 commitments.

This could be even more bad news for Tigers opponents. In two seasons under Gene Chizik, Auburn has averaged 250 rush yards per game. In the five previous years under Tommy Tuberville, they averaged 169 rush yards per game.

The Tigers are also in on Clowney, and would have the top prospect at three positions along the offensive and defensive lines if he were to join the defending champs. As of 1:00 ET, their class is ranked No. 2 overall after starting the day at No. 8.

If Auburn can stay there and the Alabama Crimson Tide remain in the top five, the SEC could increase their lead over the other conferences in top-five recruiting classes since 2006.