They earned it.
Even the folks who keep track of the campus visitors, off campus evaluations, offers, commitments and tiny, thirst quenching morsels of recruiting information need a brief break from the insanity. Shoot, it seems like Signing Day was just yesterday, not several months ago.
What a ride it's been since then. Sure, there was eight week lull between the commitments by Mitch Hyatt and Chad Smith, but it's been a rather remarkable ride since Smith got the ball back on track.
Jake Fruhmorgen, Kaleb Chalmers, Gage Cervenka, Kelly Bryant, Sterling Johnson, Zach Giella, Juwuan Briscoe, Garrett Williams, Deon Cain, LaSamuel Davis and Clelin Ferrel all committed since Smith pulled the trigger on April 10.
With 20 commitments on board -- that includes the Davis twins -- Clemson has the No. 5 ranked recruiting class in the country, according to Scout.com.
Space is limited for the Tigers in 2015. So, as expected, there wasn't much in the way of breaking news to report during this year's edition of the Dabo Swinney Football Camp.
J.C. Chalk, the aforementioned 2016 commitment, closed the book on the first session with his pledge. To our knowledge, the only offer handed out over that three day period was to Manvel, Texas 2016 offensive tackle Austin Meyers.
The end of the week was just as -- for lack of a better word -- uneventful. Elbert County [Georgia] 2016 four-star cornerback Mecole Hardman was offered as a wide receiver. PrepColorado.com publisher Jeff Stroud reported that Brian Dawkins Jr. was offered during camp, too. The son of the former Clemson great and future NFL Hall of Famer, Junior is a 2015 cornerback from Parker, Colorado with no offers.
Despite the trend of the fewer camp commitments, the multi-day camp continues to have the look of a very successful formula for Clemson. To say last week wasn't a success would be inaccurate.
There was still plenty of rising senior star-power. Zack Bailey, Ray Ray McCloud and Albert Huggins headlined the uncommitted 2015 prospects in session one. Austin Bryant, Matthew Burrrell and Tim Settle took over for No. 2.
Plus, at least 20 of last week's confirmed camp visitors are in the initial 2016 Scout300 rankings, Spartanburg running back Tavien Feaster being the highest at No. 19 overall.
Conway wide receiver Bryan Edwards, the No. 151 overall 2016 prospect, camped at Clemson on Friday, went to Georgia's camp on Saturday, then came back to Clemson on Sunday for the final camp workout.
Zerrick Cooper, the three-star quarterback from Jonesboro, Georgia worked out on Monday. He was back on Friday so his dad could see the campus for the first time.
Northgate [Newnan, Georgia] three-star middle linebacker James Skalski camped at Clemson on Saturday, a day after he was in Columbia for the South Carolina camp.
"I enjoyed the Clemson camp more. It's really more fast-paced kind of stuff, South Carolina was kind of slow and everything," Skalski said. "I just enjoyed the Clemson camp more. I liked the environment there a little more."
Every prospect who's granted a post-camp interview with CUTigers has had nothing but positive things to say about the experience in Clemson. And it's no wonder. The Tiger staff has a good thing going with the way they organize the sessions.
All of the assistant coaches, from Chad Morris and Brent Venables on down to the graduate assistants, get down and dirty with the campers. Even the head coach will bark out instructions when he sees fit.
It certainly helps that campers also get to work with former players who come back to lend a hand, you know, guys like Brian Dawkins. And now that the NCAA allows current players to work the same camp that played a big part in bringing many of them to Clemson.
The well-oiled machine keeps humming along in Tigertown and it's almost two months until kickoff in Athens. Until then, how about we at least enjoy a couple of weeks of that other kind of football?
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