Clemson recruiting: Why have the Tigers gone so long without a commitment?
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Explaining Clemson’s recruiting drought
In the past five months, Clemson’s gotten exactly two commitments, and both of them were for the 2019 cycle: safety Joseph Charleston committed on Oct. 10, and receiver Brannon Spector followed suit a little over a month ago.
But that’s it. The last time a recruit pledged his services to Clemson for this upcoming cycle was when Kyler McMichael did so on June 23. That’s a long, long time to have gone without a commitment, especially for the defending national champions — and a team on the verge of its third-straight appearance in the College Football Playoff.
So, what gives? The answer’s pretty simple, honestly.
If you’re Clemson, you can afford to wait. If a guy wants to come there, he’ll make it known. The Tigers have established there isn’t a talent drop-off, so they can let their play do the talking. That isn’t to say Clemson’s coaches don’t recruit, obviously, because they certainly do.
But sometimes, they just don’t have the time. Look at what Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates said on Twitter:
If u have not seen that #Clemson Paw 🐾 @ ur school yet it doesn’t mean we don’t love u‼️ We r preparing 2 play in the ACC Championship game this Saturday @ 8pm Eastern Time on ABC‼️ Check is out this weekend‼️ We will hit the road #Recruiting next week.🐅
— Todd Bates (@CoachToddBates) November 29, 2017
Clemson’s been pretty busy, so coaches just simply haven’t had a ton of time to get out on the road. However, we should start seeing some wheels spinning here shortly. Several guys Clemson’s after are going to be early signees, and they’re wrapping up the last parts of their official visits here in the coming weeks.
Once that’s done, you’ll see either an influx of talent headed Clemson’s way when the early signing period commences on Dec. 20, or you’ll see the Tigers lick their wounds and start making headway on the second tier of guys on their board.
In fact, there could be something in the works as early as this coming week, so stay tuned.
Tigers working on 2019 5-star running back Noah Cain
One of the players who will be a recipient of the upcoming visits on the recruiting trail from Clemson coaches is junior running back Noah Cain, who plays at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), where there’s been plenty of overlap with the Tigers.
He visited Death Valley for the Georgia Tech game on Oct. 28, a visit he left with an offer from Clemson in hand.
Cain told The Clemson Insider’s Gavin Oliver that teammates and Clemson commits Xavier Thomas and Mike Jones have been working on him to try and convince him to join them, but he hasn’t narrowed down his list to a group of top schools yet.
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