No Rest for the Weary

With one of the biggest fish in the country still at large, Clemson assistant coach Dabo Swinney went to a basketball game and watched television with his entire family. He's not sweating about whether or not any of the star recruits will sign with the Tigers in the morning.

Swinney said he is at peace for he knows there's only so much he can do and that he's done it all.

He's not the least bit concerned if one of the biggest recruits in the nation, running back Jamie Harper, will sign to play for the Tigers Wednesday. Swinney is Clemson's primary recruiter for Harper.

"We (the Swinney family) had a nice dinner and we're going to watch American Idol," Swinney said in the early evening Tuesday, which is the eve of National Signing Day. "I'm going to work the phones for a while and call some recruits and after that I'm going to try and get a good night's sleep and hope for the best tomorrow."

There wasn't the least bit of anxiousness in Swinney's voice. It was as if he was preparing to go to sleep on the eve of playing a meaningless round of golf.

And considering the players that are still out there for the taking, it's a pretty amazing thing. Calm. Cool. Collected.

"I know I've given it my best and that I've done everything that I can do with all these recruits," he said. "I wouldn't go back and change anything I've done in recruiting this year.

"At this point, there's only so much you can say. It's really up to the prospect to weigh the pros and cons and you hope the decision is for your side. I just hope that the right guys come to Clemson and that the wrong guys don't."

Swinney is a grizzled veteran for this sort of suspense. Two years ago he went through the same thing with C.J. Spiller, and as we all know, the tailback out of Florida stunned the Sunshine State and chose Clemson.

Tiger fans everywhere are hoping that Harper, a Jacksonville native, does the same thing.

"I've done this long enough where I don't lose sleep," Swinney said. "It used to be when I was younger I'd get emotional. But his is a business and I try not to get emotional about it.

"If any of these recruits don't choose Clemson, then it's not in God's will. I'm not going to be up in the wee hours of the night."

Too bad the same can't be said for the rest of Tigers Nation.

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