2005 Recruiting: Clemson 5 South Carolina 0

Clemson 5, South Carolina 0.<BR><BR> The score is just as dominating as what transpired at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia last November. <BR><BR>

And while it won't be written about in the local newspapers, or be talked about on local news channels, the folks that follow college football the closest, know exactly what it means.

It means domination.

It means carrying over that domination from upstate South Carolina to the hundreds of high school football fields that litter that southeast.

5-0: It doesn't sound intimidating, does it?

But it is.

Headed by the recruiting efforts of Dabo Swinney, Ron West, Burton Burns, Mike O'Cain and recruiting coordinator David Blackwell, the Clemson Tigers have already secured the verbal commitments of 5 players for the 2005 class.

Included in that bunch is the state of South Carolina's top ranked offensive lineman in Barry Humphries, and the number two wide receiver in Rendrick Taylor.

The South Carolina Gamecocks? No commitments. No commitments from out of state, no commitments in-state.

Zero. Zilch. Na-da. Not a one.

The Tigers also have one of Alabama's top athletes in WR/DB Tyler Grisham, not to mention Maryland RB/DB Tony Nelson. Not bad when you consider Clemson's recruiting efforts are paying off with some of the top talent up and down the east coast.

And sure, we all know that verbal commitments can indeed change before signing day, but it's important to note that it doesn't happen all that often.

Mike McIntosh burned Clemson last February by signing with the Florida Gators in what was nothing short of a small coup by head coach Ron Zook.

That was then, this is now. Clemson has already secured the verbal commitment of one of the top tight ends in the south from the very same high school attended by McIntosh. (Paul Muse)

We knew a year ago that the Tigers would probably have the better team headed into the 2003 season. But we didn't know whether if that would translate over to recruiting.

We know now.

After ending the season with a resounding four game winning streak, including a 63-17 romp over South Carolina, there's little doubt who owns the state of South Carolina.

Clemson University.

Like it or not, Clemson football is back, and the program is clicking on all cylinders headed into the start of fall practice.

And here's the good news: it's only going to get better.

Don't be surprised to see two to three more commitments fall for Clemson before the start of the season. Manning's Josh Miller, the state's top ranked linebacker could be next in line, or Camden's Thomas Austin could also be ready to pull the trigger.

A commitment by either prospect would only increase the current level of the Tigers' football dominance.

And keep in mind, that's before the season even starts.

It will only be a matter of weeks before the media starts circling around Columbia like sharks, waiting to pounce on any news about the quarterback situation, the coaching situation, or, gasp, the season opener at Vanderbilt.

You think things are looking good now?

Just imagine what they'll be like if the Gamecocks go up to Nashville and lay an egg.

Clemson 5, South Carolina 0.

It may not mean much to a lot of people now, but its a jumpstart to what may be one of the most dominating seasons for Clemson football, both on and off the field, in a long time.

* 5 is the total number of commitments in 2005, not including any potential carryovers from the 2004 class.

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