Why Clemson football, Dabo Swinney likely won't add any players on National Signing Day
Times have sure changed in college football and it’s not just the flurry of activity in the transfer portal and players getting paid.
Wednesday is National Signing Day, what used to be an unofficial holiday for high school and college football fans but has been reduced to an afterthought. In 2017, the NCAA instituted an early signing period, a 72-day window in December during which players can make their commitments official and enroll for the spring semesters.
Football offices at Clemson will be particularly quiet. The Tigers signed 26 players plus added a transfer quarterback and a preferred walk-on running back during the early period and are not expected to add more.
Clemson is near its 85-scholarship limit, in fact, and may not have any available space unless something unexpected happens before the April 1 deadline of signing new players. The Tigers often give any remaining scholarships to former walk-ons as they did last year with running back Domonique Thomas. Those are on a year-by-year basis.
It’s Clemson’s largest signing class. Until last year, schools were limited to 25 players. That was relaxed to account for so many players leaving through the transfer portal.
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More than half of Clemson’s early signees are already on campus and will be participating in spring practice, concluding April 15 with the Orange and White game.
Among those are quarterback Chris Vizzina; wide receiver Noble Johnson; offensive linemen Ian Reed, Harris Sewell and Zechariah Owens; defensive linemen Peter Woods, TJ Parker, Vic Burley and Stephiylan Green; linebackers Jamaal Anderson and Dee Crayton; and defensive backs Shelton Lewis, Kylen Webb and Khalil Barnes.
Burley, Green, Reed, Lewis and Barnes were able to travel with team to Miami and practice with the Tigers prior to the Orange Bowl against Tennessee. The NCAA allows early enrollees already on campus to do that.
Signees who will arrive on campus this summer include wide receiver Tyler Brown; running backs Jarvis Green and Jay Haynes; tight ends Markus Dixon and Olsen Patt Henry; defensive backs Branden Strozier and Avieon Terrell and Rob Billings; defensive linemen David Ojiegbe and AJ Hoffler; and athletes Ronan Hanafin and Misun Kelley.
Clemson also added a transfer quarterback in Paul Tyson from Arizona State through Alabama, and preferred walk-on running back Peyton Streko.
Clemson football signing class second-best in ACC
Clemson already has the No. 11 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports. Among the 26 signees are 18 four-star talents and Woods, a five-star.
That is the second-best ranking among ACC schools, behind Miami at No. 7. The Hurricanes signed a couple of five-stars and 15 four-starts among the 25-member class. Only one other ACC team, Florida State, is in the top 20. North Carolina is No. 27, Virginia Tech No. 36, NC State No. 37, Louisville No. 42 and Pitt No. 49.
The top five, respectively, are Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio State.
Todd Shanesy covers Clemson athletics for the USA TODAY Network.
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