Clemson recruiting: Tigers’ spot atop playoff rankings has serious recruiting implications

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Clemson back to familiar spot, and recruits notice

The College Football Playoff committee made what most everyone presumed would be the case into reality on Tuesday night when they announced Clemson as the No. 1 team in the country.

And after a brief hiatus, the Tigers are back on top of the college football world, at least for now. Miami awaits in the ACC Championship on Saturday, and they still have to get through the Hurricanes to make sure their grip as the highest-ranked team isn’t a one-week wonder.

But being No. 1 does more than just say Clemson is back at the top this year. It keeps the Tigers at the top — period. After back-to-back appearances in the national title game, Clemson isn’t going anywhere. And when it comes to recruiting, that can matter a great deal to guys trying to figure out where they want to go.

Some don’t care how well the team is doing, but just about all of them do. Every recruit has different priorities when choosing a school: academics, depth at their position, playing time and scheme fit all play a role one way or another. But it becomes a lot easier to buy into what coaches are selling when the team is as consistently good as Clemson has been and currently is.

Just look at what some of Clemson’s current commits are saying.

“Just remarkable man,” defensive end commit Xavier Thomas told The Clemson Insider. “To prove everyone wrong every season is great. Everyone thought we would fall after the last senior class left which was one of the best with Deshaun [Watson] and company.

We proved everybody wrong and will be playing in the playoffs for the third year in a row after we dominate Miami. And we will be even better next year.”

“Awesome,” quarterback commit Trevor Lawrence also told The Clemson Insider. “Feel like they have proven themselves.”

Of course, the difference between being ranked No. 1 and anywhere else in that upper echelon means little in the big picture. After all, Clemson only slid up to the top-ranked spot because Alabama and Miami were both upset, and the Tigers handled South Carolina easily.

But at the end of the day, that’s all you really need to do. Just win, and the rest takes care of itself.

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