Swinney says Tigers 'full-speed ahead' going into 2013 recruiting home stretch

Clemson looking to sign class of 21-24; new offers out to quarterback, wide receiver

Clemson Football & Basketball: Dabo Swinney holds up the Chick-fil-A trophy

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Clemson Football & Basketball: Dabo Swinney holds up the Chick-fil-A trophy

Scholarships open because of attrition and de-commitments have opened up room in Clemson's 2013 recruiting class for at least six more players, and there's a chance the Tigers could take as many as nine more by signing day, Feb. 6.

Clemson currently has 15 players committed, including 2012 holdovers Shaq Lawson and Cordrea Tankersley. Dabo Swinney said on Friday that he plans to sign 21 "for sure" and "maybe 22, 23 or even 24" depending on how things go during Clemson's recruiting stretch run.

The numbers have allowed the coaching staff to make a late move on several prospects, including wide receiver James Clark of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (who made an official visit to Nebraska over the weekend), wide receiver Kyrin Priester, a former Georgia and now wavering N.C. State commitment from Snellville, Ga., and quarterback Asiantii Woulward, a former South Florida commitment from Winter Park, Fla.

Clemson played host to 13 players - 10 committed and three uncommitted - on Friday and Saturday. The Tigers remain in good shape with Montravius Adams, the nation's top-rated defensive lineman, and are hoping to sway Auburn commitment Carl Lawson, a defensive end who is ranked as the nation's No. 2 player overall, and Korrin Wiggins, a cornerback who is committed to North Carolina.

Priester, who is rated as the nation's No. 20 wide receiver and No. 172 player overall by ESPN, initially committed to Georgia, but then de-committed from the Bulldogs last summer. He committed to N.C. State in October, but then said he was considering dropping the Wolfpack after Tom O'Brien was fired as head coach. He will make an official visit to Clemson next weekend.

Woulard is ranked as the nation's No. 1 dual-threat quarterback and No. 143 overall by ESPN. He was named MVP of the Elite 11 Camp last summer, and was committed to South Florida before Skip Holtz was fired as head coach. The 6-3, 205-pound Woulard is ranked fourth nationally at his position and No. 120 overall by Rivals. He is also expected to make an official visit to Clemson this week.

Clemson has an unexpected opening at quarterback after Morgan Roberts left the program and transferred to Yale. Another quarterback, Tony McNeal, is currently academically ineligible. Clemson now has three eligible quarterbacks on scholarship - Tajh Boyd, Cole Stoudt and Chad Kelly - plus walk-ons Nick Schuessler, a former Mississippi State signee, and Donny McElveen. The Tigers have a commitment for 2014 from Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, Ga., though he recently said he plans to visit Ohio State.

Also visiting this weekend will be Tyrone Crowder, an offensive lineman from Rockingham, N.C. who is choosing between Clemson and Georgia.

On Friday, Swinney described the Tigers' ongoing recruiting effort as "full-speed ahead."

"We've got a pretty busy few weeks coming up, with a lot of young men coming on our campus," Swinney said. "I'm excited about what this recruiting class could be."

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MoncksTater writes:

If we just get Lawson ,Adams and Crowder I will feel good about things. Three high quality linemen go a long way anywhere..but at Clemson we seriously need them !

Clemorange writes:

Yeah they may help but I still feel great about next year. At least another 10 win season. That's already setting in concrete

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