Clemson recruiting: Tigers’ stability plays to their advantage as coaching carousel keeps spinning

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Having Dabo Swinney at the helm helps in more ways than one

Clemson’s 34-10 win over South Carolina on Saturday did a few things. It ensured the Tigers would play for the ACC Championship against Miami this week with just a single loss, and will assuredly be in the College Football Playoff with a win. It also meant Clemson put an end to the regular season along with the overwhelming majority of teams across the nation.

And with the end of the regular season comes the beginning of the offseason for a sizable chunk of those teams. Plenty of programs’ seasons are over, and the coaching carousel has begun to turn. Chip Kelly has taken the reins at UCLA, Kevin Sumlin has been ousted at Texas A&M and Dan Mullen has officially taken control of the program at Florida.

Recruits who were committed to these teams — and others, like Tennessee, where a change has been in the works for a while — are suddenly faced with a decision that has serious implications on their futures, both in football and beyond. Clemson, on the other hand, is as drama-free as they come.

With coach Dabo Swinney at the top, the Tigers are anything but unstable. And with a third straight appearance in the CFP on the immediate horizon, why wouldn’t it? The stability — especially the consistency of being a top-tier team year in and year out — is attractive to guys who are figuring out their next step.

Plenty of Clemson targets that got away earlier have reopened their recruitment and are reconsidering the Tigers, like Cade Mays, Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles, Lyn-J Dixon and others. Two more who Clemson began chasing followed suit over the weekend as well.

Jaycee Horn, a 4-star cornerback from Alpharetta, Ga., had been committed to Tennessee since August after making his choice in a live studio special with SEC Country. But he visited South Carolina last weekend for the Clemson game, and made his decision known on Sunday.

The Tigers offered Horn in October, and it remains to be seen how involved they’ll be with him going forward.

The second former target to reopen his recruitment was 2019 4-star safety Jaleel McRae, who de-committed from Florida, where he’d been pledged since January 2016.

He had camped at Clemson this summer, and the Tigers could decide to jump back in on him. Clemson has one safety — Joseph Charleston — committed for the 2019 recruiting cycle.


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