Recruiting implications?

CUTigers breaks down the recruiting implications with the loss of defensive ends coach Chris Rumph, who accepted Alabama's defensive line coach position on Tuesday.

For starters, three members of the Tigers' 2011 class were in Rumph's recruiting areas, which included part of the South Carolina Pee Dee, an area around metro-Atlanta and central Florida.

Rumph oversaw the recruitment of Mainland High School (Daytona Beach, Fla.) teammates Marlin Lane and Cortez Davis.

Lane, a four-star running back, committed to Clemson in the summer of 2009—making him the second member of the Tigers' 2011 class. Davis, a three-star safety, joined later that fall, after visiting Tigertown for the Wake Forest game. He later de-committed before joining the Clemson class again in the summer of 2010.

Phillip Dukes talks with Chris Rumph last summer at Dabo Swinney's annual football camp. (Roy Philpott)
Rumph and Lane grew very close over the last year or so.

While on an official visit to Auburn, Lane spoke to Rumph on the phone and the two communicated on a weekly basis.

Naturally, Davis and Rumph also developed a bond, too.

Without question there will be impact in the eyes of both Davis and Lane. However given the fact both have been committed for so long, there stands a good chance their respective situations will stay status quo.

CUTigers last communicated with Lane around 7 p.m. Monday night. As of then, he had not heard from any member of the Clemson coaching staff since offensive coordinator Billy Napier and running backs coach/special teams coordinator Andre Powell were fired on Sunday afternoon.

Rumph also picked up a 2011 commitment from three-star defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, who also claims offers from Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee and Buffalo.

The former Clemson defensive ends coach was also heavily involved with the recruitment of the nation's top defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney.

Clowney said he'd take an official visit to Clemson, only because of Rumph. But the likelihood of Clowney signing with Clemson was already slim to none.

Phillip Dukes and Jerell Adams, two other uncommitted in-state players, fell under Rumph's recruiting area as well.

Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen was one of a handful of players recruiter to Clemson by Chris Rumph in recent years. (Roy Philpott)
Currently, CUTigers does not believe that Rumph's departure will hurt Clemson's efforts with either Dukes or Adams.

Alabama is involved with both Dukes and Clowney. Dukes is scheduled to visit Alabama this weekend and Clowney is scheduled for the following weekend.

At this juncture, we do not aniticpate Clowney going through with his intended visit to Tigertown.

Dukes' Clemson official visit is scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 14-16, the same weekend as Lane and Davis.

During his stay at Clemson, Rumph also signed players like Dwayne Allen, Andre Branch, Corico Hawkins, Jonathan Meeks, Bashaud Breeland and Garry Peters.

Needless to say, his loss on the recruiting trail will be significant.

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