Dabo Swinney may coach the Clemson Tigers, but he has strong ties to Alabama and the Crimson Tide football program. This week, he used those connections to land the son of a former Alabama football player.
Hamp Greene, who is the son of a former Crimson Tide kicker with the same name, committed to Clemson as a preferred walk-on Tuesday night.
— Hamp Greene (@hamp_greene1) April 10, 2018
Greene, who plays wide receiver just like Swinney did, grew up in Birmingham, AL. That fact, along with having a father who played for the Crimson Tide, had to make Nick Saban the favorite to land the preferred walk-on, but Greene told Tigernet.com that he loved the “family atmosphere” at Clemson.
And it probably didn’t hurt that Swinney and Greene’s father played together.
Greene’s father kicked for Alabama during the 1991 and 1992 seasons, which overlapped with Swinney’s time with the Crimson Tide as a wide receiver. In fact, they won a national championship together in 1992.
Although the wide receiver made it clear his father was a major influence in his final college decision, the Swinney-Greene connection likely only helped Clemson in this recruiting process.
“Even though he played with Dabo at Alabama, he is 120-percent all in with my decision and is super excited for me,” Green said according to Tigernet.com. “He has really been super supportive throughout my recruiting process.”