A week to remember

There are three things Clemson fans can count on: death, taxes and the Tigers landing verbal commitments during the Dabo Swinney Football Camp.

June is always good to Tiger recruitniks, and this year was no exception.

Thanks to an impressive run of eight commitments, Clemson's recruiting momentum has taken turn for the best within the last seven days.

Miami Central junior running back Dalvin Cook got the ball rolling on June 13, while in for day two of Dabo camp. Since he committed last Wednesday, Clemson has picked up seven more verebal pledges.

Later that day, just before midnight, Grayson senior cornerback David Kamara pulled the trigger. He'd arrived to campus hours earlier with Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 player in the country.

Swinney picked two more big-time pledges less than 24 hours after Kamara's commitment.

West Mesquite [Texas] junior safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner gave his just moments after receiving his offer. Once the dust settled on that, the big one dropped. Nkemdiche committed to the 2013 Clemson class.

But Swinney and company weren't done -- far from it.

On Saturday, 2014 Daniel running back Jae'lon Oglesby hopped on board with a pledge. The wave of momentum carried with a three-day bender of commitments.

Avon, Ind. senior four-star defensive end Elijah Daniel committed during his visit on the 17th. A day later, Coffee County [Douglas, Ga.] offensive tackle Maverick Morris accepted his camp offer and joined the 2013 class.

Crest [N.C.] senior Dane Rogers become the third defensive end to join Clemson's 2013 crew when he committed on Tuesday, even though he wasn't in Tigertown last week.

Dabo Camp has become critical to Clemson's success on the recruiting trail and is now one of the premier events during the June visit circuit.

Many of the nation's top-rated prospects have visited Clemson's campus during Swinney's camp, several of which have committed while still in town or within days of leaving.

That's the trend. It's been that way for four years now.

Several big names dropped within days of last summer's sessions.


Clemson will now turn its attention even more to five-star DT Montravius Adams. (Scout.com)
Ronald Geohaghan accepted his offer while in for last summer's camp. Chad Kelly, Travis Blanks, Bradley Pinion and T.J. Burrell all committed to the 2012 haul within a few days of their respective camp visits.

The 2010 camp proved was pretty fruitful, too.

Isaiah Battle committed before leaving camp. Charone Peake was in for the first session but returned during the second to make his pledge. Grady Jarrett hopped aboard less than 24 hours after his one-day visit.

Though they didn't commit while camping at Clemson, those multi-night stays by Sammy Watkins and Tony Steward proved to be key in their recruitment.

Bashaud Breeland committed to the 2010 class while in for camp the summer before his senior year. Also while in for that session, rising junior DeShawn Williams pledged to sign in 2011.

Though Marlin Lane's commitment never resulted in a signed letter intent, he was also added to the 2011 commit board during that session.

Three years later, it's become the norm. The most recent run could continue to pay dividends in the months leading up to signing day in 2013.

Clemson's trio of defensive end commitments stacks up against any other class of defensive ends in the country. On their board, the Tigers have the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 76 ranked players at the position.

Might the presence of Nkemdiche, Daniel and Rogers help attract Montravius Adams, the No. 1 defensive tackle?

Possibly -- it certainly can't hurt.

When Clemson fans reminisce on the week that was, they can remember that the foundation of what transpired over the last seven days was laid in June of 2009. The past week could go down as one of the most defining offseason periods in the history of Clemson football.

But until the faxes hit the West End Zone in February, nothing is for sure.

Buckle up, folks. This ride's just started.

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