Clemson Football: 5 storylines to watch on Early National Signing Day 2019

CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 16: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts with players before their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 16: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts with players before their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /
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COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 30: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 30: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

3. How do rival programs finish the early cycle?

In addition to keeping up with the Tigers, Clemson football fans should keep their eyes on how rival programs are recruiting.

As we head into Early National Signing Day, here are few notable rankings for competing programs across the nation (according to the 247 Sports’ Composite Team Rankings):

  • Alabama (No. 2)
  • LSU (No. 3)
  • Ohio State (No. 4)
  • Texas A&M (No. 5)
  • Georgia (No. 6)
  • Miami (No. 15)
  • North Carolina (No. 17)
  • South Carolina (No. 18)
  • Georgia Tech (No. 23)
  • Florida State (No. 26)

Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Georgia look to be the programs that will continue to compete with Clemson in the future in the national picture. In terms of the ACC, it’s interesting to see Miami, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Florida State all ranked inside the top-30.

It will be interesting to see how these programs finish out the cycle, particularly during the Early National Signing Day, and what the rankings look like following this week.