There are inherent advantages of being in the SEC. The money, a bigger recruiting budget, built in national bias by national media and of course more of the first ingredient; money.
Dabo Swinney finishes with another top 15 recruiting class.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott and running back coach Tony Elliott are recruiting and building a quality national program without the “SEC” patch on their players' jerseys.
The long-term vision of the Clemson staff is voiced through arguably the best lockdown cornerback in the country yesterday, Mackensie Alexander: “All those guys talking about the SEC right now. It is what it is we’re number 4 in the country. I am that missing piece. We’re going to win that national title.”
Dabo has made “All in” the programs moniker but before a commit steps on campus they have to “buy in” to the program they’re looking at, their vision and how they might fit in. This is where Clemson’s staff excels. They communicate their message to recruits and it’s infectious.
There was a time from 1980-1991 where SEC teams had to account for Clemson not the other way around. Now four years on the job Dabo Swinney has Clemson with back to back 10 win seasons and won 11 games for the first time since 1981.
Dabo Swinney is reviving a sleeping giant that laid dormant for too long. Tommy Bowden got one eye open but couldn’t get the program from crawling to walking. I say Swinney is reviving because it's a work in progress. This year Swinney lead the Tigers to 11 wins, an indoor practice facility was added and a training table.
New Years Eve in the Chi-Fil-A Bowl you saw Clemson start walking and taking another big step. A lot of times bowl games don’t mean anything but LSU was ready and wanted to win. Clemson stared defeat in the face on 4th and 16 and turned it in to victory when Chandler Catanzaro hit the game winning field goal as time expires.
Clemson is winning big again but not satisfied. Swinney wants Clemson playing for championships, recruiting nationally and returning Clemson football to a perennial national power.
Quarterback Tajh Boyd gave us insight in to Clemson's football programs goals: "If you aren't winning championships you aren't doing your job"
Mackensie Alexander adds attitude and impact to Clemson's defense.
For Swinney and his staff they continue building and winning without the SEC patch on their jersey with another great class of recruits that filled needs for the process.