Ace closer: Jeff Scott says 'personable' Dabo Swinney a deal-sealer for Tigers

'Coach Swinney is just so real, and the players can feel that and they're attracted to that'

Clemson football receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott discusses the 2013 recruiting class that signed with the Tigers on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

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Clemson football receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott discusses the 2013 recruiting class that signed with the Tigers on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Even before he ascended to his position as Clemson's head coach, Dabo Swnney had a reputation in recruiting circles as one of the game's best closers - a coach with a knack for finishing the deal and getting a signature on the dotted line.

Though Swinney's role is different now than when he was a recruiting assistant, his ability to finish is stronger than ever, as displayed on Wednesday when the Tigers won a series of down-to-the-wire battles for coveted recruits.

Jeff Scott has been around the recruiting game for most of his life, beginning as a middle schooler when he'd get out of school early on Fridays to accompany his dad, Brad, on weekend recruiting trips from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.

Scott says that he, as Clemson's recruiting coordinator, has the luxury of deploying a head coach who's highly-interested and fully-engaged in the recruiting process.

"I think something that's happened in the college game is that you see a lot of head coaches we're recruiting against that have been doing it for so long that there's almost a shield that's up," Scott said. "If you ask them 'where are we right now' during a home visit, they don't even know what city they're in or who they're talking to. They're just there to give the same message.

"I think one of the strengths in our recruiting is our head coach. No. 1, he enjoys recruiting and is very involved in it. And the other thing is that he's very personable."

In a high-pressure game where recruiters will often tell prospects whatever they want to hear, Scott said Swinney swims against the tide.

"Coach Swinney is just so real, and the players can feel that and they're attracted to that," Scott explained. "He may be similar to coaches they've had along the way throughout their high school careers. His personality and his energy and his passion for Clemson and this program really resonates with our prospects."

Scott says he gets often gets a feel early in the recruiting process for which prospects men are likely to click with Swinney.

"We can tell as we go through the process early-on if a young man if really going to like Coach Swinney and if he's a Clemson kind of guy," said Scott. "That's something that we try to determine early.

"Once we get them to that point where Coach Swinney is involved, it's usually pretty good for Clemson."

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