The 2019 Clemson football recruiting class was one of the biggest that the Tigers have signed in quite some time. Here’s where it ranks in school history.
The 2019 Clemson football recruiting class was one of the biggest in recent history.
The Tigers signed a total of 29 guys on scholarship and finished No. 10 in the nation as far as team rankings are concerned.
So, where does this class fit in terms of history at Clemson football?
It’s tough to really tell when the guys in the class have yet to play a game. Clemson has had some historically great classes over the years and it’s tough to compare guys that played in different eras.
You had the 1981 recruiting class that featured William “the Fridge” Perry and many other guys that would make an impact on the school’s first ever run to a National Championship. There were also some historically great classes in the 1970s and 1990s as far as talent is concerned.
But, let’s take a look at this question from the standpoint of under Dabo Swinney.
2019 Cycle’s Historical Fit…
Under Dabo Swinney, this 2019 Clemson football recruiting class is tied for No. 3 highest all-time, as it finished No. 10 nationally. The only classes that finished with a higher ranking than this class were the 2015 class (No. 9 nationally) and the 2018 class (No. 7 nationally), according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings.
This year’s class is tied with the 2011 class, that also finished ranked No. 10 nationally.
In the end, though, rankings aren’t going to matter. The one thing I love about this class is that Dabo Swinney and his staff addressed the pressing needs and built depth.
There are several guys in this class that I don’t think will develop into starters, but they will be valuable pieces of depth for the Tigers. On the other hand, there are many players in this class that will compete early for playing time and will leave Clemson football as, not just a starter, but an All-ACC or even All-American type player.
What do you think, Tiger fans? Where does this class rank for you?