What Next?

Clemson's huge recruiting weekend has come and gone and the Tigers picked up one verbal commmitment. What happens next and what does it all mean?

As was suggested Friday afternoon in this very space, the Clemson Tigers went through their big recruiting weekend and picked up exactly one verbal commitment - Trinity Christian safety Daniel Andrews.

To the fans that haven't followed recruiting closely over the years, you may be sitting there scratching your head wondering what is going on?

That is a natural reaction, but a closer look at the recruiting process and the prospects still considering Clemson explains exactly what is happening.

For starters, five of the nine uncommitted prospects who visited Clemson this weekend are rated as four-star prospects or above by Scout.com. Players like LB Jerrell Harris, OT Antoine McClain, OT R.J. Mattes, OG Kenneth Page and RB Jamie Harper are all considered to be some of the top prospects in the country at their position.

As Clemson's recruiting efforts continue to yield better results year after year, the coaching staff finds itself competing against schools who have claimed national championships in recent seasons. When you consider that, as well as the fact many of these prospects still have other visits left to take, most are simply not ready to make an announcement.

In the high-stakes world of college football recruiting- you have to wait.

But that doesn't mean the recruiting process is over for a prospect after he takes his official visit. Next up are the in-home visits- where the head coach and the main recruiter both make a stop by the prospect's home to make their last sales pitch.

Over the next two weeks, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden will stop by many of the homes of the prospects that visited Clemson this past weekend.

Monday he is expected to visit Alabama to talk with Antoine McClain and Jerrell Harris.

Later this week he will visit with five-star RB Jamie Harper, the top prospect on Clemson's 2008 recruiting board.

He will also visit with R.J. Mattes and Brandon Thompson, as well as most of Clemson's long time verbal commitments.

For the uncommitted prospects, the in-home visit, combined with the official visit can be a powerful tool to help close the deal.

It's a chance for the prospect's family to see how the coaching staff interacts with a prospect up close and personal, in the comfort of their own home.

Questions that need to be answered by "momma and daddy" and be answered on their own terms in their own home.

So even though no public verbal commitments were announced after this weekend's visits, and not much information was released as far as clear-cut favorites go, that doesn't mean everything didn't go exactly as according to plan.

The fact is Clemson remains in good shape with Harper and Mattes (as well as Thompson even though he visited Clemson officially weeks ago), and even made up some serious ground with Kenneth Page. Talking one-on-one with the prospects reveals as much.

And finally, as you look back on the weekend, did it ever occur that maybe every single bit of information worth writing simply didn't leak out?

Even in today's information-starved world, it is always possible, if not probable.

And all that does is provide more drama headed down the stretch as we inch ever-closer to National Signing Day.

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