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Clemson Football Recruiting: Top Recruits Visiting Tigers

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Despite weak finish, Clemson's class still strong

Clemson lost some big commits and didn't finish the recruiting process strong yet again, but still ended up with a top-20 class. Full class right here.

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Top-five OG picks Clemson

Clemson added a big offensive lineman to its 2013 class when Tyrone Crowder signed with the Tigers.

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Defensive end Shaq Lawson enrolled at Clemson

The Central, S.C. product took a year at prep school to get his grades in order, but he's finally in school at Clemson and could make a difference early for the Tigers.

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ACC national signing day preview

Several ACC programs are set to bring in strong recruiting hauls, and they can get even better depending on the decisions made by some elite uncommitted prospects on National Signing Day.

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Clemson swiping from N.C. State?

N.C. State commit Marcus Edmond could flip his allegiance to Clemson this weekend.

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Woulard, Priester, Clark visiting Clemson

The Tigers will host three 2013 prospects this weekend as they try to add to their current class.

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Report: Robert Nkemdiche decommits from Clemson

Did Clemson lose a commitment from the top recruit in the country?

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Clemson loses star DE recruit? (No, not Nkemdiche)

Clemson appeared to have lost one of its elite defensive end recruits, with Rivals four-star Elijah Daniel tweeting he's heading elsewhere. But now there's a claim his account was "hacked."

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Clemson's Dabo Swinney wants to recruit JUCOs

In late September, thanks to the help of the Clemson experts at Shakin The Southland, we published Why won't Clemson pursue JUCO recruits to fix defense? The story received a lot of recognition, and Monday, Clemson's beat writers asked Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney about the issue.

Needless to say, Swinney is frustrated. These quotes come from Travis Sawchik of The Post and Courier:

"It is a problem for us," Swinney said. "It’s not that Clemson is saying you can’t come here, it’s that you have to meet degree percentage rules and you have to be able to transfer enough hours that will count toward a degree. The problem we’ve had is having a degree program that they can fit into and become eligible. Guys will be ineligible here and eligible elsewhere. We have very few places where we can count a bunch of electives."
"I’m more of a build through the draft kind of guy," Swinney said. "I’d never want to be one of these guys that (relies on JUCOs) and we don’t have to at Clemson. … But it’s an issue."

Sawchik's article hits on many of the issues discussed in our original, including the problem created by having to compete against the likes of Florida State and South Carolina, both of which pursue players from junior colleges to fill their needs.

For more Tigers football, visit Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland.

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Scott Pagano Commits To Clemson Over UF, LSU, Bama

In a shocking move, defensive tackle recruit Scott Pagano committed to Clemson on Tuesday over LSU, Florida and Alabama.

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Robert Nkemdiche Commits To Clemson, According To Report

Perhaps the weirdest story of the 2013 college football recruiting class has already run its course: Robert Nkemdiche has committed to Clemson, according to Rivals site Tiger Illustrated. Nkemdiche, the nation's consensus No. 1 player and a fearsome defensive end, was also considering Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Georgia, among other schools.

All this happened very swiftly on Wednesday. First, Nkemdiche was visiting Clemson, and then rumors swirled that he was going to commit to Dabo Swinney's Tigers, and now he apparently has. It's not the first big-time player the Tigers have pulled under Sweeney -- Da'Quan Bowers, also a defensive end, comes to mind -- but Nkemdiche could be the best recruit in Clemson's history if he sticks with this commitment.

As for whether Nkemdiche can contribute as a freshman? Bud Elliott's glowing Nkemdiche scouting report should leave little doubt that he's probably going to be a great player at the collegiate level.

For more Tigers football, visit Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland.

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Robert Nkemdiche Visiting Clemson Wednesday

Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's top recruit, will visit Clemson Wednesday.

Out of Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High School, the 6'4, 270-pound Nkemdiche holds offers from almost every major football power in the country, including Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Clemson, Texas and USC. He is a consensus five-star recruit and can play a variety of positions.

Nkemdiche has often been linked to Alabama and LSU, but it would be unwise to count out a program like Clemson, with its family atmosphere and dynamic coaching personalities.

That Clemson has a commitment from teammate Wayne Gallman can't hurt, either.

For more Tigers football, visit Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland.

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