Tag:ACC Signing Day
Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:35 pm

Video: Florida State Signing Day Recap

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Seminoles took advantage of the coaching turnover at other programs in the state to clean up on the recruiting trail. Head coach Jimbo Fisher should have plenty of freshman that are able to contribute to an already talented team.

Posted on: February 5, 2011 3:03 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 3:04 pm

Video: Clemson Signing Day Recap

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One of the biggest surprises on Signing Day was just how well Clemson did on the recruiting trail. Bringing in the number six class in the country was quite the accomplishment for Dabo Swinney and staff.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:20 pm

Video: Jimbo Fisher on FSU's recruiting success

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher intends to bring the Seminoles back on top of the national stage. He certainly has the players to do so after signing day, finishing second in the 2011 MaxPreps Team Recruiting Rankings. Fisher joins Tom Lemming and Rich Rodriguez to discuss his great class.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:09 pm

National Signing Day: ACC Winners/Losers

Posted by Chip Patterson

Overview - While a lot of the great news did center around Florida State and Clemson on National Signing Day, most schools finished National Signing Day about how they figured they would. There was certainly the drama of players like Tony Steward and Timmy Jernigan, but few coaches will feel like National Signing Day set their program back in any way.


Clemson - Without a doubt, the biggest Signing Day winner of the ACC. Clemson entered Wednesday with a very good recruiting class, and finished with one of the best classes in the nation. The Tigers pulled in two of MaxPreps top six ranked prospects with linebackers Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward. Dabo Swinney also got two surprise commitments out of defensive end Roderick Byers and offensive guard Spencer Region.

Florida State - Jimbo Fisher has been receiving commitments from some of the best players in the nation over the last several weeks. So it should come as no surprise that he treated landing Timmy Jernigan, the No. 3 defensive tackle in the nation, so casually. Fisher has wasted no time putting his fingerprints all over the Florida State program. Between the way the Seminoles finished 2010 and the recruiting job done by Fisher's staff, there is reason to believe Florida State is on the way back to the top of the ACC.

North Carolina - Dirty recruiting is always going to be an issue with any coveted prospect. But having to recruit amidst an ongoing NCAA investigation creates a whole new competitive edge for the opposition. Head coach Butch Davis overcame all the controversy to finish with a recruiting class that MaxPreps has ranked No. 19 nationally. Only Florida State, Clemson, and Virginia are ranked higher.

Virginia - People figured that Mike London would be able to re-energize the Virginia football program, but no one was sure it could happen so quickly. Between Richmond, William & Mary, and Virginia - London has spent nearly two decades as a coach in the state of Virginia. On National Signing Day, the nation watched as top uncommitted's from the Commonwealth continued to sign with the Cavaliers. There is a lot of good football in the state of Virginia, and if London can own the area the Cavaliers will see rapid improvement in Charlottesville.


Virginia Tech - The Hokies really missed out on quarterback Lafonte Thourogood. Hailing from Virginia Beach, traditional thinking would say the athletic quarterback would be a lock for Frank Beamer's staff. But James Franklin put in work once he got to Vanderbilt and convinced Thourogood to join the Commodores.

Miami - Considering how little time Al Golden had to hit the recruiting trail, he pulled in a solid class to Coral Gables. But there were several noteworthy uncommitted prospects on National Signing Day who still listed Miami as one of their final choices. Hat after hat, Miami was snubbed by the likes of Bryant Dubose, Dominique Terrell, and most dramatically Elkino Watson. Watson grew up a Miami fan, and many believed his announcement was going to be for the Hurricanes. But with all the hats on the table, Watson had a friend bring a USF hat from the audience. Then his family started doing the Bull dance. Working it. (Seriously)

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 1:40 pm

Swinney lands hot class from the hot seat

Posted by Chip Patterson

At the end of the 2010 season, Clemson fans were not too happy with the 6-7 record that finished in a loss to South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Tigers dropped 4 of their last 6 games, and thanks to a pair of low-scoring losses to Boston College and Florida State , played themselves out of a wide-open Atlantic Division race.

Those frustrated fans do not feel the same way on Wednesday.

Dabo Swinney has moved from the hot seat to the headlines in the last two months, piecing together a recruiting class that now ranks among the best in the nation. Commitments from Stephone Anthony (LB, No. 5 overall prospect) and Tony Steward (LB, No. 7 overall prospect) headline what could go down as a historic day for Swinney's career as a head coach.

Swinney carried the reputation as an excellent recruiter while serving as an assistant under Tommy Bowden. But Wednesday's commitments completed a class that may even surpass the expectations of a hungry Clemson fan base.

When the heat came down on the head coach at the end of the season, Swinney calmly replied that he would evaluate every aspect of the team before taking action. The first thing he did was make major changes to the coaching staff, bringing some fresh faces to help re-energize the program. With new assistants in place, Swinney hit the recruiting trail with plans to lock down the best of the best (check), as well as sway any players that may be wavering on their verbal commitments with the competition.

Spencer Region , the 345 pound offensive guard from Cullman, AL, had a widespread recruitment that saw him entertain several big-name programs, reportedly narrowing his list to LSU and Wisconsin in December. But on National Signing Day, Region announced his intentions to play for the Tigers.

A similar situation occurred with defensive end Roderick Byers . Byers verbally committed to Oregon less than two weeks ago. Byers has good size and an impressive wingspan that helps him reel in opponents in pursuit. With ACC Defensive Player of the Year Da'Quan Bowers departing for the NFL, Swinney was able to snatch a player of similar size right out from under the nose of Chip Kelly.

Clemson came into National Signing Day on everyone's radar. They have a great crop of wide receivers highlighted by standouts Charone Peake and Sammy Watkins . Mike Bellamy (RB) and Eric MacLain (TE) also rank among the best in the nation at their position. But after landing two of the nation's top ten recruits and pulling off two big prospect surprises, Dabo Swinney's recruiting class is not just on the radar - it is as high as No. 5 in the nation .

Now, the biggest challenge for Swinney will be turning this recruiting class into results on the field.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:31 pm

Delvon Simmons shocks schools with UNC commitment

Posted by Chip Patterson

Delvon Simmons , the No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation according to MaxPreps.com , took official visits to Oregon , Rutgers , Texas Tech , and was in Los Angeles visiting USC over the weekend.  As one of the top recruits in the state of Pennsylvania, Pittsbugh also entered National Signing Day figuring they had a shot to land Simmons.

So it came as a pleasant surprise to North Carolina when Simmons signed his letter of intent to join the Tar Heels in 2011.  With Phillip Dukes committing to South Carolina, Simmons is able to give head coach Butch Davis a big-time signee on the defensive line.  Simmons will be one of the first recruits under the tenure of defensive line coach Brian Baker , formerly with the Carolina Panthers .  Baker fills the position formerly held by John Blake , who resigned from the program due to allegations associated with the ongoing NCAA investigation in Chapel Hill. 
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Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:49 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 11:54 am

Stephone Anthony chooses Clemson

Posted by Tom Fornelli

What's been a strong day for Dabo Swinney and Clemson just keeps getting stronger. Earlier on Wednesday the Tigers landed Tony Steward to their 2011 class, and now another one of the top linebackers in the country has committed to Clemson. Stephone Anthony chose Clemson over Virginia Tech, Florida and North Carolina.

Anthony is considered the fourth best player in the country in MaxPreps Top 100, and when you add that to Steward -- who is ranked sixth -- you have to think that Clemson is going to have a very strong linebacking corps over the next few seasons.

In fact, this signing along with Steward vaults Clemson's class to the top five in MaxPreps' rankings.

Anthony is listed at 6'3 220-pounds, and played his high school ball at Anson in Wadesboro, North Carolina.

More Signing Day coverage is here  at CBS. 
Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 11:48 am

Clemson picks up two more 3-stars late

Posted by Chip Patterson

Big offensive lineman Spencer Region (pictured) played the recruiting game.  One of the top offensive guards in the state of Alabama, he bounced back and forth early between the Tigers and the Tide to a point of frustration for both fan bases.  The 345 pound propspect supposedly had his choices narrowed to Wisconsin and LSU back in December, until Dabo Swinney and the Clemson staff made a late charge.

South Carolina defensive end Roderick Byers was an Oregon commit until National Signing Day, when he stunned the Ducks by announcing his intentions to play for Clemson .  While Region was much more of a wild card, Byers' announcement feels like a steal for the Clemson coaching staff.  At 6-4, 270 pounds, Byers will has a frame similar to Da'Quan Bowers , Clemson's 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.  Swinney hopes the surprise commit can develop into a simllar pass rushing threat for the Tigers.

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