Clemson University head coach Dabo Swinney will assess his 2012 recruiting class at an event in Tigertown, S.C. on February 1.
So … how many points will West Virginia score on the Clemson defense between now and then? Kidding, kidding … although we’re betting the over/under is likely to be pretty high.
The February 1 event – hosted by the Fort Hill Clemson Club – will give Swinney a chance to start exorcizing the painful demons associated with the 70-33 beat down that Clemson suffered at the hands of the Mountaineers in the 2012 Orange Bowl.
Seriously … how often does a coach win his conference championship and then wind up on the hot seat?
Swinney’s certainly got plenty of young talent to work with, though …
In addition to a solid sophomore class that will enter the upcoming season with a chip on their shoulder, Swinney will welcome a number of talented freshmen into the fold – including defensive back Travis Blanks (a 6-foot-1, 194-pound Florida prospect) and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (a 6-foot-4, 275-pound North Carolina recruit).
Still, Clemson let several top defensive prospects get away – including defensive end Jonathan Bullard, a 6-foot4, 255-pound blue chip Florida recruit who wound up choosing the Florida Gators over Clemson and the University of South Carolina.
Running the new Tiger D? Longtime Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables, 41, whose hiring was confirmed late Wednesday.