As a recruiting assistant, Dabo Swinney earned a reputation as a closer, and he's only enhanced his standing as one of the nation's top recruiters since he's been head coach.
Here in the second week of June, nearly eight months before signing day, Swinney has an opportunity to finish off the Tigers' 2015 recruiting class in style.
Following an unusual flurry of commitments during May, Clemson has commitments from 18 players, not counting grayshirts - a class-in-the-making currently ranked as high as second in the nation.
Most of Clemson's remaining 'most wanted' prospects are, or will be, on campus this week, working out with the coaches and numerous current Tigers (the NCAA is allowing current players to help with camp for the first time) in a pair of three-day sessions at Swinney's high school camp.
The Tigers' practice fields will be crowded all week with a mix of prospects, including at least a dozen of the Tigers' 18 commitments for 2015, numerous 2016, 2017 and even 2018 prospects hoping to snare or solidify offers, and a handful of high-profile 2015 targets who could nicely fill out the remaining open spots for the Tigers' next class.
Here are six to keep an eye on as the week progresses:
Tim Settle, 5-star defensive tackle, Manassas, Virginia: One of the nation's top-ranked defensive tackles, Settle recently declared Clemson his leader over Tennessee and Florida State. He made his first visit to campus for a junior day back in February, and he made the trip to Clemson for camp accompanied by Tiger linebacker commitment Chad Smith. The 6-3, 300-pound Settle is ranked as the nation's No. 2 DT by 247Sports, which rates him as the top high school player in Virginia.
Albert Huggins, 4-star defensive tackle, Orangeburg South Carolina: Rated by ESPN as the No. 1 prospect in South Carolina, the 6-3, 285-pound Huggins is ranked as the nation's No. 4 defensive end by ESPN and as the No. 5 defensive tackle by 247Sports. This week's visit will be his third straight to Dabo Swinney's camp. Clemson has been in his lead group since the get-go, but he's not expected to announce a college choice until he visits a handful of out-of-state contenders later this summer.
Austin Bryant, 4-star defensive end, Thomasville, Ga.: A former teammate of incoming freshman running back Adam Choice at Thomas County Central High, Bryant is ranked as the nation's No. 15 defensive end by ESPN, which lists him 125th on its national top 300. The 6-5, 250-pound Bryant also has offers from Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, Penn State and Notre Dame, among others.
Zack Bailey, 4-star offensive lineman, Summerville, South Carolina: It's shaping as a not-so-common direct head-to-head battle between Clemson and South Carolina for the state's top-rated offensive lineman. Clemson is using camp week to make its best pitch, working Bailey in a group that includes 2015 offensive line commitments Mitch Hyatt, Jake Fruhmorgen and Noah Green. The Tigers have already hit their target number - four - for the offensive line, but are pushing hard to add No. 5 to coach Robbie Caldwell's crew.
Ray Ray McCloud III, four-star 'athlete,' Tampa, Florida: Clemson shot into the lead group for the versatile McCloud late last month when his hometown friend, wide receiver Deon Cain, committed to the Tigers. McCloud looks to be a perfect fit for Clemson's offense, playing both as a running back and slot receiver. The 5-11, 180-pound McCloud is ranked as the nation's No. 2 athlete and No. 26 player overall by Rivals. He has a busy summer of visits planned, and has stated his intention to make his decision by mid-July.
Antonio Parks, 3-star defensive back, Reserve, Louisiana: A couple of months ago, Parks posted on Twitter that he had committed to Clemson. He later clarified, saying that while he's not officially committed, Clemson leads over Arizona State (83 percent to 17 percent, according to 247Sports' 'crystal ball.') The 5-10, 175-pound Parks will have a chance to sort things out with the Tiger coaches this week, while working with secondary coach Mike Reed, who's been recruiting him along with defensive coordinator Brent Venables. He has a strong family connection, in that his grandparents live in South Carolina and are Clemson fans.