Signing day drama has arrived

With almost a third of the class already on campus, it doesn't appear that there will be much in the way of surprises on the first Wednesday in February of 2014.

Signing Day drama in Clemson is so 2013, 2012, 2011...

There certainly was no shortage of it some 365 days ago. From Mackensie Alexander to Korrin Wiggins, Adrian Baker and Tyrone Crowder, the Clemson faithful had plenty to feel good about on this day last year.

But there was some heartbreak when Montravius Adams chose Auburn, kind of like the pain that was felt in 2012 when Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley both signed with Georgia.

Perhaps the best [most recent] Signing Day for Clemson fans was 2011 when Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony announced for Clemson before nationally televised audiences on ESPNU. Sprinkled in for good measure were National Letters of Intent from Roderick Byers and Spencer Region.

This year will be a little different. There's no reason to believe that Clemson will pick up that many new additions to the 2014 class because there are just three names remaining on the Tigers' board for Wednesday: Cory Thomas, Andrew Williams and Richard Yeargin III.

Yep, Signing Day 2014 looks to be relatively drama free, and it's not just because there are minimal options.

If Thomas, a Tennessee commitment since November, flips to Clemson, it won't surprise anyone who's kept up a close eye on his recruitment. Plus, there are 34 pledges in the Vols' second-ranked class, including eight of whom are defensive linemen. Mississippi State is the third team in the mix with him.

Williams is down to a final three of Clemson, Auburn and Georgia. Though he claimed no favorite during his post-official visit interview with CUTigers, Auburn has been the team to beat for most of the last few months but Georgia may be the team to beat now.

A former Notre Dame commitment, Yeargin was reported as a Clemson pledge shortly thereafter before the news was nixed. On Tuesday afternoon, he posted on Twitter that Clemson and Texas are finalists. Yeargin was offered by Charlie Strong in late January but never took an official visit to Austin.

The lack of drama should be welcomed with open arms by Clemson recruitniks, who had to put up with some through the 2014 cycle.

There were early commitments from safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner and running back Dalvin Cook, both of whom claimed Clemson as a dream school. But those feelings dissipated as the stars and offers began to add up.

Sumner-Gardner committed to Texas A&M after decommitting from Clemson. He'll sign with Boise State. Cook switched his allegiance from Clemson to Florida. He's now enrolled at Florida State.

And, of course, there was the two-year angst that came with Deshaun Watson's commitment. As if the brief flirtations with Ohio State and Auburn weren't enough, there was wide-ranging speculation that Watson's commitment was tied to Chad Morris, who interviewed for multiple head coaching jobs in each of the last two winters.

Well, Morris will return to Clemson in 2014 and Watson is already on campus as one of five mid-year enrollees, along with Demarre Kitt, Kyrin Priester, Chris Register and Artavis Scott.

All were firm with their commitments to Clemson, just like the others who will sign with the Tigers on Wednesday. Perhaps that's a reflection of how stable things have been under Dabo Swinney, save for the final game of the regular season.

Clemson has enjoyed a level of success that's unparalleled by any other period in school history. In three seasons, they've reached double-digits in the win column. In 2011, they brought home an ACC title for the first time in two decades. Last season ended with a thrilling Orange Bowl victory over Ohio State.

With a brand new, eight-year contract in hand, it would appear that Swinney isn't ready to slow down. If anything, he's pushing down on the accelerator.

Clemson already has eight public commitments for 2015: quarterback Tucker Israel, wide receiver Shadell Bell, safeties Tanner Muse and Van Smith and the grayshirt linebacker [Jalen Williams, J.D. Davis and Judah Davis]. The number is projected to move to eight on Wednesday night when the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country, Mitch Hyatt, announces his commitment.

By the time the ink gets done drying on the 2014 National Letters of Intent, the 2015 class will almost a third full. Maybe Signing Day drama in Clemson is starting to become a thing of the past…

Who are we kidding? It's college football recruiting.

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