Dabo Swinney's Clemson football program is showing signs of maturity on the recruiting front, both in the steady replacement of key personnel and in the way they go about their business in an organized and systematic manner.
Swinney's staff excels at playing to Clemson's strengths, in location, campus atmosphere, and, perhaps most importantly, on a family-like support system that appeals both to prospective students and their parents.
Wide receivers coach Jeff Scott serves as Clemson's recruiting coordinator, but he's not in it alone.
Just over a year ago Swinney hired former Alabama teammate Thad Turnipseed away from Nick Saban's Crimson Tide staff and made him director of recruiting. He now heads a comprehensive, year-round effort that is complemented by, among others, Brad Scott.
Player evaluation is a joint effort among coaching staff members, who represent both their on-field positions and their geographic recruiting areas in discussions about when, or if, a prospect will receive an offer.
Renovations have turned the lobby area on the second floor of the WestZone into a recruiting suite housing offices and providing space tailored to recruiting-related activities.
The Tiger recruiting staff works at least 18 months in advance of each year's signing day, and the effort involves input from various support branches, including academics, strength and conditioning, training room, player development, equipment room and facilities. Everybody chips in, to the point that Clemson puts action behind all the talk of 'family.'
"People ask me all the time as I travel around recruiting 'what makes Clemson special?' said Jeff Scott earlier this month. "I really do think it all goes back to the family atmosphere. It's not just what happens in the West End Zone and the football staff, it's really all over campus.
"When prospects and their families go over to the academic side and they have a chance to meet with our professors and our Vickery Hall staff, and then to the weight room and the training room - everybody here is very close and they can tell that they enjoy working here. Our players enjoy being a part of that family. It's not just something that we talk about - it's something that we live on a daily basis.
"I think Clemson attracts a certain type of young man and a certain type of family that's really looking for this time of environment. It's allowed us to be very successful."
Facilities and infrastructure provide the resources for the people to do their jobs, Scott said.
"Our new recruiting center is one of the state of the art facilities in the country," Scott said. "We're very blessed in that our athletic director give us great resources. The new recruiting suite is an area where our student assistants can work directly with Thad Turnipseed, our new director of recruiting.
"Recruiting is a 365-days-a-year endeavor. As we get into the season and the coaches get busy with game planning and practice, recruiting never stops. That was one of the visions coach Swinney had for the West End Zone. Our new recruiting suite has already had a great impact on this year's class."
For Clemson's recruiters, the payoff comes each February in front the football office's fax machine.
"It's really an 18-month process, or even longer," Scott said. "For the most part, it was about 18 months ago that we started having contact with these young men, and they first started coming to our campus.
"It's great when you see those faxes start coming through, and you can remember your first meeting with that young man and his family close to two years ago."
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