The Drive Wednesday 2-1-12: The Drive talks with Dabo Swinney about this years top 10 recruiting class, if the loss to WVU hurt him in recruiting, and what region of the country he likes best to recruit.
Swinney was brimming with excitement over this years class, thrilled to have another top ten recruiting class. This will be the first time since the 1980s Clemson has had back to back top ten classes.
“It jacks me up when you get a group of guys that choose to come to your program, especially when they have a bunch of other choices…especially when you have back to back top ten classes and that hasn’t happened since the [1980s]…this is a bunch of good players and a bunch of good young men that fit the Clemson way.”
Swinney was especially excited about his success in North Carolina with recruiting. He believes North Carolina consistently has top players that he wants for his program.
“North Carolina is an area we have to do well [recruiting] in to have a good team…we are excited about the [North Carolina players] we have joining us. “
Recruiting is not only one of the more difficult parts of Swinney’s job but can also prove to be the most unusual part. It was on a recruiting visit he managed to cross an item off his Bucket List, something he never would have dreamed possible!
“This year, I’m 42 years old and my whole life I’ve wanted to see Niagara Falls. My wife and I put it on our bucket list…little did I know I would get to visit [Niagara Falls] with [recruit] Chad Kelly, when I went up to visit him in Buffalo…[there have been] some really unusual situations [but that was one experience I will never forget].”