In Clemson's 2012 recruiting class, exactly zero players were signed from the state of Georgia.
At the time, head coach Dabo Swinney suggested that's just "how it worked out." The Tigers still finished with a top 20 recruiting class, of course, so there weren't too many complaints.
Fast forward six months and my oh my, how things have changed.
As of mid-July, seven prospects from the state of Georgia are committed to Clemson, including the No. 1 prospect in America in DE Robert Nkemdiche.
Most recently, the Tigers added pledges from a pair of four star prospects to their 2013 class this past Friday at the first-ever All In Cookout in RB Tyshon Dye and WR Demarcus Robinson.
"I like Clemson," Dye said. "I like that it's a small town, like where I'm from. I like that it's close to home. I like the coaches. The coaches are pretty cool and they're straight forward with me."
"It felt like home today. I just decided when I came today," Robinson told CUTigers that night. "I was sitting in the office with my mom, in coach Swinney's office. We were just talking. His wife was sitting there. I was just like, ‘Yes sir. I'm all in.'"
In the grand scheme of things, it's not necessarily surprising Clemson is having success in Georgia. After all, it's found recruiting gold there over the years, going all the way back to the Danny Ford era.
Still, it is somewhat surprising considering the Tigers are having this much success recruiting against the University of Georgia itself.
You see, the old adage in recruiting goes something like this: "The prospects Georgia wants from the state of Georgia, Georgia gets."
There's always intense pressure on Peach state prospects to stay close to home- particularly with the elite level players.
But that doesn't appear to be the case this year considering Clemson has already secured the commitments of Nkemdiche, Dye and Robinson.
Four more Peach state prospects, including RB Wayne Gallman, WR Ryan Jenkins, OL Maverick Morris and CB David Kamara have also pledged for the Tigers - although Georgia has not been actively recruiting these players.
Plus, there's DE Montravius Adams, another Georgia native who also happens to be the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the country. Adams spent four days in Clemson last month and has Clemson and Auburn as his top schools at the present time.
If the Tigers were fortunate enough to sign Adams, plus Nkemdiche, Robinson and Dye and the other prospects listed above, it would be a significant haul indeed.
You see, some of the best teams in the history of Clemson football have been filled with Georgia's top prospects. And if this trend continues, it certainly is another strong sign Dabo Swinney has this program pointed in the right direction.
It's clear Clemson has made a statement with its recruiting efforts this year in the Peach state.
And the best could be yet to come.
Clemson flexing muscle in Georgia
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