CLEMSON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) — Fresh off a surprise Atlantic Coast Conference title, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has snagged another highly-rated recruiting class as he tries to rebuild the Tigers into a national power.
Clemson signed 10 defensive players, nine on offense and a punter Tuesday in a class that hovered around the top 10 in most of the rankings. Swinney bragged that just like he won the school's first ACC title in two decades last season, he now had the first back-to-back top 10 classes since the late 1980s too.
The Tigers should go into next season with 60 of its 85 scholarship players either freshmen or sophomores and just 11 of them seniors.
Swinney says with that kind of roster, the Tigers are built to make a run in the ACC and nationally.
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Clemson's list of incoming football players for 2012 who signed Wednesday is below:
Isaiah Battle, ot, 6-7, 285, Blue Ridge School, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Travis Blanks, db, North Florida Christian School, Tallahassee, Fla.
Zac Brooks, rb, Jonesboro (Ark.) Senior HS
Patrick DeStefano, ol, Dorman HS, Spartanburg, S.C.
Kevin Dodd, dl, Riverside HS, Taylors, S.C.
Jay Guillermo, c, Maryville (Tenn.) HS
Oliver Jones, ol, Ninety-Six (S.C.) HS
Bradley Pinion, p, Northwest Cabarrus HS, Concord, N.C.
Chad Kelly, qb, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, Buffalo, N.Y.
Germone Hopper, wr, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Charlotte, N.C.
Jay Jay McCullough, te, Nation Ford HS, Fort Mill, S.C.
Josh Brown, dt, South Aiken HS, Aiken, S.C.
Ronald Geohaghan, db, Allendale-Fairfax HS, Fairfax, S.C.
Martin Aiken, de, Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS, Bamberg, S.C.
Shaq Lawson, de, D.W. Daniel HS, Central, S.C.
T.J. Burrell, lb, Goose Creek (S.C.) HS
Carlos Watkins, dt, Chase HS, Forest City, N.C.
Cordrea Tankersley, db, Silver Bluff HS, Aiken, S.C.
Marty Williams, db, 6-1, 200, Fox Creek HS, North Augusta, S.C.
D.J. Reader, og, 6-3, 306, Grimsley HS, Greensboro, N.C.
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