Dabo Swinney has been dropping hints for months that Clemson's 2014 will be something special.
So far, so good for the Clemson coaching staff, whose extended raid into talent-rich Georgia had led the way for what is currently being rated as high as a top-five recruiting class.
The Tigers began a sustained push into the Peach State last year, but narrowly missed out on three players ranked as the state's best at their positions - defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss), defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Auburn) and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (Florida). The Tigers did come away, however, with two of the state's premier running backs in Tyshon Dye and Wayne Gallman, an early-targeted offensive lineman in Maverick Morris, a top-three wideout in Ky Priester, and a solid defensive back in Ryan Carter.
This year, Clemson has aimed for the top again, and the Tigers are well on their way to a banner year - both in the Peach State and overall.
So far, the Tigers have commitments from the state's top quarterback (Deshaun Watson), top outside linebacker (Korie Rogers), top wide receiver (Demarre Kitt), top tight end (Milan Richard) and No. 2 running back (Adam Choice). The Tigers are still heavily in the mix for the state's top inside linebacker (nationally top-ranked Raekown McMillan) and one of its best defensive backs (Wesley Green).
Out of South Carolina, Clemson has commitments (based on 247Sports' rankings) from the state's top running back (Jae'lon Oglesby), top tight end (Cannon Smith), and top cornerback (C.J. Fuller, though the Easley, S.C. star is being recruited by the Tigers as a running back), and the No. 2 offensive tackle (Taylor Hearn).
Out of North Carolina, Clemson has a commitment from the state's No. 1 outside linebacker (Chris Register) and is among the finalists for the No. 1 wide receiver (Trevion Thompson from Durham).
The recent additions of Rogers, Kitt and Register have pushed Clemson's recruiting class all the way to No. 4 in Rivals' team rankings, where the Tigers trail only Tennessee, Texas and Notre Dame.
Clemson's current group of 10 commitments is ranked ninth by Scout and 247Sports, and 10th by ESPN.