Like Andre Ellington, Tyshon Dye arrived at Clemson only to have his patience tested.
And like Ellington, his redshirt year was behind him, Dye has been dealt a significant injury blow.
Dabo Swinney is hoping that the similarities don't end there.
“My heart just breaks for him, but I love Tyshon Dye," Swinney said. "I just love how he has responded. This young man is getting a huge dose of perseverance and patience at a very young age.
"The best thing about Tyshon is he’s got nothing but time on his side. He’s going to recover from this, he’s going to come back, he’s going to have a good freshman year, and this time next year he’s going to be even better and getting ready to go into his sophomore year. He’s got four years left."
Swinney said that he, like everyone else, "wants to see him yesterday."
"We’ve all just got to have a little patience just like he does," said Swinney. "He's going to be a great football player. I don’t have any doubt about that. His attitude is incredible. He’s one of the best students we have over at Vickery Hall. I’m just really proud of him and how he’s responded, because that’s really what life’s all about is how you respond. He has responded like a very, very mature young man."
Swinney said Dye's doctors project that he'll be ready to play at some point this fall.
"They feel like he's going to be back," Swinney said. "I'm no doctor, and I just listen to what they say. We're certainly not going to rush him back or anything like that, but they feel really good about the surgery and his return this season. Is it the Georgia game? Is it the middle of the season? I don't think anybody knows that.
"I know Tyshon is focused and eager, and he was looking great in our drills. I hate it, but it's just part of it. A lot of great players have come back from Achilles injuries and knees, and on and on.
"When he's back, I have no doubt in my mind he'll be a great player for us."