Clemson football: Title teams don’t celebrate recruiting rankings in May


Recruiting is the lifeblood of every college football team and Clemson football is no different.

There are a lot of people obsessed with what kids between the ages of 15 and 18 are going to do with their lives and where they are going to attend school. We all get it, it is exciting when someone chooses to attend our favorite school to play football.

College football recruiting is a long road with many twists and turns. We have all been that age and many of us changed our minds daily in regards to what we wanted for our future. That is something important to remember as recruiting rankings are updated constantly and kids move up and down. These decisions aren’t for the next three to four years, they are life decisions. that is a lot of pressure on a young kid.

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney handles recruiting a lot differently than most college football head coaches. He does not give out an offer until a kid pays his own way to come see Clemson; there has to be a mutual desire for both.

This is what makes a Clemson football offer so special, not everyone gets them and if you do receive one, it means you have put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into your craft.

For this reason, celebrating or being upset about recruiting rankings heading into May is absurd. Early college football signing day is still more than seven months away and a lot can and will change between now and then.

Even if you are one that trusts and believes in rankings, Clemson football has proven repeatedly that rankings do not matter on the product that you put on the field. With a great coaching staff, players that believe and trust in each other as well as an elite leader, you can do anything that you all work toward.

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There are a lot of programs around the country celebrating a Top 5 class as we enter May (looking at you UNC) and going into the summer recruiting sessions and camps; great for them. Clemson football will close strong as they always have under Coach Swinney when it really matters, they will develop those that choose to become part of the Clemson family and will be successful both on and off the field.