What are the recruiting implications?

CUTigers breaks down the recruiting implications with the departures of assistant coaches Billy Napier and Andre Powell.

Napier had just one verbal commitment in the 2011 class, three-star quarterback Cole Stoudt, from Dublin, Ohio.

Scheduled to enroll early, CUTigers believes Stoudt's commitment to Clemson will not jeopardized by Napier's departure.

Napier was heavily involved in with several prospects during his Clemson tenure, particularly from his home state of Georgia. His body of work in North Carolina was impressive, too.

He was the lead recruiter for Marcus Gilchrist, Brandon Thompson, Landon Walker, Tajh Boyd, Brandon Thomas, Spencer Adams, Kourtnei Brown, Spencer Shuey, Tyler Shatley, Victor Beasley and Reid Webster.

The second-year offensive coordinator had previously served as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator during his stay at Clemson.

Powell, who recruited the immediate area around Clemson and elsewhere throughout the Upstate, served as the main recruiter for four 2011 commitments.

Defensive tackle Deshawn Williams, a Daniel High School three-star, was the first commitment to the class.

Though it's not been confirmed since the coaching changes, CUTigers has no reason to believe that Williams' commitment would change.

Powell also oversaw the recruitment of Mauldin three-star center Ryan Norton and Riverside three-star defensive lineman Kevin Dodd.

Norton has remained firm since his commitment last May. He hadn't spoken with anyone from the Clemson coaching staff after learning of Powell and Napier being let go. Offensive guards/centers coach Brad Scott played a big part in Norton's recruitment.

Dodd is firm with his commitment, but was disappointed to see Powell go.

Powell was also oversaw parts of Virginia and New England.

Three-star offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, who attends The Blue Ridge School in Dyke, Va. pledged after attending the Dabo Swinney Football Camp this summer. The majority of Battle's contact with Clemson was through Powell.

It's believed that Battle is likely to take the prep school route before heading to college.

During his four years at Clemson, Powell received verbal commitments from DeAndre Hopkins, Jonathan Meeks, Roderick McDowell and Gifford Timothy.

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