It may still be hot and humid, but it's not summer any more.
The Clemson football program switches full-speed into pre-fall mode this week, first with Tuesday's media day with Tiger coaches, followed by Friday's All-In Cookout and Saturday's Dabo Swinney Ladies Clinic, and then Sunday and on into the following week with the ACC Football Kickoff at Greensboro, North Carolina.
The All-In Cookout has become a key date on Clemson's recruiting calendar.
Clemson recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott said last summer that the event is a chance to reconnect with prospects - committed and uncommitted - before both players and coaches dive into their respective seasons. He said the event came into existence because the coaches felt that a post-camp, mid-summer event would be helpful both in opening doors and solidifying recruiting relationships.
"We felt like we wanted an additional opportunity," said Scott. "We work hard to get these guys here during summer camp - that's been a niche that we've had - but we also felt like we needed something in July to get them back one more time before they get started with their seasons and we get started with ours.
"I think one of the things that separates Clemson is the family-type atmosphere, and we felt like a cookout and barbeque is something that families do together, and that it really fits our coaching staff and environment and team. It was really successful last year and we're expecting it to be again."
Most of the players currently committed to Clemson's 2015 class are expected to be on hand, as well as a handful of remaining uncommitted prospects and 2016 targets.
Jessie Thompson joins football recruiting staff: Jessie Thomason joined the football staff in a full time capacity as Recruiting Operations Coordinator, Dabo Swinney announced.
In her new role, Thomason will manage the recruiting mailouts, coordinate special recruiting events, handle administrative duties of the recruiting department and coordinate logistics of unofficial and official visits.
Thomason previously served as a student assistant in the football recruiting office from 2010-2013 and as an intern following her graduation in December 2013.
"Jessie is a tireless and organized worker with a great passion for making Clemson football better," Director of Football Recruiting and External Affairs Thad Turnipseed said. "She's already done a remarkable job both as a student and intern, and we're excited to have her join the team full time."
A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, graduated with a degree in psychology and a 3.76 grade point average. During her academic career, she earned a spot of the President's List three times and Dean's List on four occasions.
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