Clemson Quickly Becoming a Destination For Nation's Top Recruits

By David LaRose
Robert Mayer- USA TODAY Sports

Whenever the topic of college football recruiting comes up there’s always the same few schools named as recruiting powers. Programs like Florida, Alabama, Ohio State and USC all come to mind but one school in the ACC is quickly becoming a destination for some of the top high school recruits in the country.

Believe it or not but Clemson is evolving into a national mainstay amongst the top recruiting classes in the country each year and it in turn has made the Tigers major players on the recruiting scene. Top recruits are continuing to take notice of Clemson and following through by signing their name on the dotted line of national letters of intent. There’s really no denying how effective Clemson’s staff has been on the recruiting trails and it keeps translating into top classes.

If you don’t believe that Clemson is becoming a national recruiting power just listen to some of these facts comparing them to the other big programs.

Since head coach Dabo Swinney took over five years ago each one of his classes were in the top 20 in the country with the last three classes finishing in the top 13. His best recruiting class was back in 2011 when Clemson came in as the No. 8 class in the country, a group that featured the No. 1 inside and outside linebacker along with playmaker Sammy Watkins.

Including Clemson, there have been only nine other schools that have had top 20 recruiting classes five straight years. LSU, Alabama, Texas, USC, Florida, Georgia, Florida State, Ohio State and Oklahoma are the only other schools to have five straight years of highly ranked classes.

When looking specifically at Swinney’s classes he’s one of only five other coaches that have brought in five straight top 20 classes. Swinney joins Les Miles, Nick Saban, Mack Brown, Mark Richt and Bob Stoops as the only coaches to do so in five consecutive seasons.

The highly ranked classes have surely paid off on the field and those results have in turned paid off in the homes of recruits around the country. It really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone anymore when a top recruit dons a Clemson hat on national signing day because it is becoming a regular occurrence these days.

If you haven’t already it’s probably time to take Swinney and Clemson seriously because recruits certainly have.

David LaRose is one of the featured College Football writers for Rant Sports covering the Pac 12 and the University of Colorado. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

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