5 Biggest Losses for Clemson Football in the transfer portal

Even if the Tigers have good options in their positions, you would always prefer to have some players than to not have them. Here are five good examples for Clemson Football.

Clemson safety Andrew Mukuba (1) during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Clemson safety Andrew Mukuba (1) during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. / Ken Ruinard/Greenville News / USA TODAY
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Clemson Football has a unique way of approaching recruiting for high school prospects, choosing to not make NIL a priority. Sometimes this means the Tigers aren’t the right fit for all talent.

What it does mean is that prospects who commit to Clemson aren’t as focused on NIL. The result is that Clemson tends to lose fewer players to the transfer portal than other programs.

The flip side of that is that Clemson doesn’t find much success recruiting from the transfer portal because most players are looking for the best NIL deal and guaranteed playing time, neither of which will be coming from the Tigers in most circumstances.

As a result, Clemson must fill in the holes left by transfers with players already on their roster. Sometimes this isn’t a huge problem. Transfers often leave because they were already slipping on the depth chart, or were never able to break through to the starting lineup in the first place.

At other times, a transfer can leave the Tigers will thin depth, putting them in a risky situation if the injury bug bites too hard and/or too often.

Here are the five players that Clemson will miss the most in 2025.

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