Jeff Scott says it was somehow ironically fitting that on signing day, Tyrone Crowder saved his announcement for last.
"He was the last guy to sign, and he was one of the earliest guys that we offered," said Scott. "Tyrone is a guy were on maybe longer than anybody through the whole process."
The Tigers' coaches knew from the start that they were in it for the long haul with Crowder, a four-star offensive guard from Rockingham, N.C. who was rated as high as No. 2 in the nation at his position.
Crowder's interest in Clemson was long-term, as well, having began when he was a student in Greer, S.C., before moving to Rockingham. He eventually chose Clemson after narrowing his choice to the Tigers and Georgia.
In Crowder, Clemson's coaches saw qualities they're attempting to develop in all the Tigers' offensive linemen - strength, toughness and a mean-streak mentality in attacking the line of scrimmage.
"We recognized that he's very strong - he's set a lot of weight-lifting records in the state of North Carolina," said Scott. "He's just a very physical young man."
Playing for North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, Crowder impressed his coaches - information which was relayed to Scott, although second-hand.
"Unfortunately we're not allowed to go to Shrine Bowl practices any more, and that definitely needs to be changed," said Scott. "But I had several high school coaches who were working the game who called me and said that Tyrone was one of the most physical offensive linemen they'd had in several years.
"That was good to hear. You're always looking for physical, hard-nosed offensive linemen. I think that's exactly what we've got with Tyrone Crowder."
Tyrone Crowder's Signing Day Bio
Selected to play in Under Armour All-America game in Florida...also played in Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas...MaxPreps North Carolina All-State selection...ranked as #125 best overall player in the nation by ESPN...ranks as fifth best offensive guard in the nation and the third best player in the state of North Carolina according to ESPN...rated fourth best offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com...ranked as fifth best player in the state of North Carolina by the Charlotte Observer...
Ranked as #184 player in the nation by Rivals, who also list him as fifth best player in North Carolina and the 11th best offensive guard in the nation...ranked as #161 overall player in the nation by 247 sports...they also rate him as eighth best offensive guard and fourth best player in North Carolina...consensus 4-Star player....#14 offensive guard in the nation according to Tom Lemming...played at Greer High School his freshman year before moving to Rockingham, NC...
He helped Richmond County High to an 11-2 record in 2012...had 119 pancake blocks as a senior and 89 as a junior...also on the track team at his high school...has a 4.3 GPA in high school...from same hometown as former Clemson wide receiver Tony Horne, who went on to be an All-Pro in the NFL...Crowder is cousin of current Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony...played for Paul Hoggard at Richmond County High School...recruited by Dan Brooks and Robbie Caldwell.