While the Clemson Tigers didn’t quite match the success of their ACC Atlantic division rivals, the Florida State Seminoles, last season, nobody in the ACC can currently match the Tigers on the recruiting trail.
Clemson has the second-ranked class nationally, according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings. They trail only the Alabama Crimson Tide. So far, they have received verbal commitments from 18 athletes, including one five-star recruit and six four-star recruits. The Seminoles, who currently have the second-ranked class in the ACC, have secured commitments from one five-star recruit and three four-star recruits. Clemson also has three more commitments from three-star athletes with 11 so far.
Now that the Seminoles have returned to their place as one of college football’s elite programs, it is vital that the Tigers continue to build on their own momentum. The Seminoles will be the favorite in the Atlantic division this season thanks to their dominance last year and the amount of talent they bring back. Clemson may have a little more rebuilding to do, with the loss of stars like Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins.
For the foreseeable future, it looks like the ACC Championship may be decided within the Atlantic division. Florida State isn’t going away, and things have become even more difficult with the Louisville Cardinals landing in the Atlantic this year. But Clemson will need to win their share of league championships in order to keep the fans happy and the recruits interested.
Right now the Tigers look to be in great shape to do just that. They may have to concede another title to the Seminoles this season, but after a bit of rebuilding this year, they will move forward with enough talent to challenge anyone. Expectations will be high, but for Clemson, they always are.