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Recruiting Roundup

National Signing Day produced a pair of Top 20 classes in the Palmetto State, if national recruiting rankings are to be believed. Leading the way? Clemson University – which scored a consensus Top 15 class despite losing No. 1 national recruit Robert Nkemdiche to Ole Miss. Not far behind was the…

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National Signing Day produced a pair of Top 20 classes in the Palmetto State, if national recruiting rankings are to be believed.

Leading the way? Clemson University – which scored a consensus Top 15 class despite losing No. 1 national recruit Robert Nkemdiche to Ole Miss. Not far behind was the University of South Carolina – which ranked as high as No. 16 nationally.

According to 247 Sports Clemson’s 2013 class ranked No. 15 in the nation – five spots ahead of USC’s incoming freshman class. Scout.com ranked Clemson No. 13 and USC No. 21. ESPN also ranked Clemson No. 13, and USC No. 17. Meanwhile Rivals.com ranked Clemson’s class No. 14 and USC’s No. 16.

Not too shabby …

Clemson’s top recruit? Defensive back Mackenzie Alexander – a 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back from Immokalee, Florida who is expected to compete immediately for a starting position in the Tigers’ porous secondary. Clemson also shored up its offensive line with the addition of 6-foot-2, 325-pound offensive guard Tyrone Crowder, Jr. – another recruit expected to see action right away in Tigertown.

South Carolina fans are excited about the addition of four star linebacker Skai Moore – a 6-foot-2, 205-pound tackling machine from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Gamecocks also landed four-star linebacker Larenz Bryant – a 6-foot, 200 pound Charlotte, N.C. prospect. Offensively, head coach Steve Spurrier has a new quarterback to work with – four-star signal caller Conner Mitch (6-foot-3, 219 pounds) as well as a highly-touted new running back prospect, Philadelphia’s David Williams (6-foot-1, 200 pounds).

To view the Tigers’ 2013 class, click here. For the 2013 Gamecocks, click here.

Nationally, two-time defending BCS champion Alabama was a consensus national No. 1 in recruiting – landing a quintet of five-star prospects. Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi and Auburn also had solid recruiting classes in the always-powerful Southeastern Conference.

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29 comments

shifty henry February 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

…… damn! it’s such a long, long wait until the games begin. I just can’t get excited about baseball and basketball——

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Smirks February 7, 2013 at 11:47 am

Aww, baseball isn’t so bad since Clemson and USC usually have fairly decent teams. Basketball, well…

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same February 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

As the average three-year knows, Clemson always recruits well, but they can’t develop their players because of their pie schedule. The only time they can beat an SEC team these days is when the team is in the basement (Auburn) or when the team is so dispirited by having to play an ACC team in the Chick-fil-A bowl that they don’t even try to win because they’re afraid of getting injured on their last stop to the NFL (LSU).

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Anonymous February 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

did you really just say that LSU was so demotivated by playing in the top non-bcs bowl this year that they just gave up?

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yep February 7, 2013 at 3:08 pm

yeah he did, and they did.

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huh? February 7, 2013 at 9:15 pm

“top non-bcs bowl”? they didnt play in the cotton bowl.

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but... February 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

Don’t forget about DT Kelsey Griffin….I think he will have a big time career…

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Thomas February 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Johnny Who?

HBC will be around 5 more years!

Better expand our trophy case for the next 5 years, we will need it.

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middle of the road February 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Oh stop it! When you are up there with Alabama then talk. Until then… shhhhh. Roll Tide!

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Anonymous February 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Folks have way too much free time on their hands when they start analyzing this recruiting crap so closely.

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showed up by ACC February 7, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Man Gamecock fans are delusional! First Clemson got double the 4* players and added a 5* for icing. All usc fans can come insults? That is truly pathetic considering the cocks cant beat either. USC had arguably their best team ever this year and coukdnt beat LSU. Clemson beat that same team in PRIMETIME on New Year’s Eve! Failures have excuses so why are SC fans making piss poor excuses for another team? My Bama boys were not “unmotivated” when playing a blatantly overrated Irish squad and SC looked motivated playing one of the worst Michigan squafs ever! I like how y’all are trying to put down other peoples recruiting classes when yours was pretty bad and riddled with 7+ recruits who went elsewhere. Were you even in the running for ANY 5 star players? I see yall keep beating a 3 month old story about Nkemdiche but I didnt hear any five star give you the time of day. You people need to clean your own closets before insulting others. Keep scooping up our Bama shirts and gear but please take it off before insulting every other team in the nation when your own team hasnt done shit. Why would you need to clean a trophy cae that has only one or two trophys? We dont count Outback bowl trophies where I come from!

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he's a troll February 7, 2013 at 11:18 pm

what a troll. A. if it is a Bama fan, we beat you the last time we played. B. You are more like really a tater that is acting all like a Bama fan cuase really you have nothing else, and nuff said there as we keep beating the taters now, and they have had a better ranked recruiting class for the last 6 years and still cant win. the coach sucks.

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Carolina 72 February 7, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Wrap your brain round this Bamako boy: Carolina 35 number 1 Alabama 21. And you were lucky to get 21. A pure down home ass cutting by the. Team you say only has two trophies. Before you paid Nick $100 million to save bear’s legacy, you couldn’t lick your nuts much less even get into a bowl game. Grow up.

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Really?!? February 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm

“Better expand our trophy case for the next 5 years, we will need it.”

Thats funny right there! I think it’s fairly empty now! lol

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truth is February 8, 2013 at 12:37 am

Cock fans sprung up out of the wood work in Columbia in 2008 when their team started doing something four years ago…they rag the acc as a easy conference…they reflect on being a power house in the SEC…TRUTH IS.. they have a losing record against almost all teams in the acc…and duke isn’t excluded from that list (24-17) …they finished 5 th in the SEC this year and win percentage all time thst tops Vanderbilt and kentucy…enjoy the light cocky but remember your a prairie dog the light is always gonna look bright when your out of the hole..and like a prairie dog…your going back in that hole soon enough.

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he's a troll February 8, 2013 at 7:58 am

hey troll, same person, same basis post, different name. Really a Clemson fan acting as a Bama fan. Cant beat the gamecocks anymore with his own team so acts like a bama fan thinking that would work. Last time I checked USC beat Bama in the last match up. Also trust me no real Bama fan would read fits news. Bye bye tater fan. tater tater tater

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You're a fool February 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

Dude. You keep riding on the last four years. Is that all you have? Yea, you beat us the last four times. But we beat you ten out of the twelve times before that. We have demolished you over the entire history of the rivalry. You can take your four years. I’ll take my 117.

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You're a loser February 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

There is the famous Clemson word “history” it’s all you got. You are losing now, and won’t win in the future (not with that little girl Dabo). Remember that history there chief while we went and changed or future. FYI you know the kind of person that brings up “way back when”? Losers.

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Pluff Mud February 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

Dabo can recruit but cannot coach them up. Keep him around for many years, please! Fear the thumb!

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You're a fool February 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

He can’t coach them? We went from normally being 6-6 to an 11-2 season. I’d say that’s damn good coaching.

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scsince60 February 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Fool, With the squat-to-pee schedule Clem plays every year, my six year old niece could coach a ten win season.

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You're a loser February 8, 2013 at 10:55 am

The New Clemson Quote:

“This one time, a long time ago, my team was good.”

Spoken like the “one time at bandcamp” girl from American Pie

Carolina still says “wait till next year” but now its a threat.

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truth is February 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

The only acting going on is USC fans acting like their team has a long tradition of success…actling like their better than the acc when TRUTH IS…they bolted because lowly old duke kept giving them the business…acting like they belong on the SEC when TRUTH IS..you had no significance to this conference until a few years ago. Keep on prairie dogging cock fans…and just so you know where I come from…65-41-4

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scsince60 February 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I think you meant “they’re”, you know, as in “acting like THEY ARE better than the acc”…….Did you ever pass an English class, you pathetic imbecile?

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real truth is February 8, 2013 at 5:32 pm

The real acting going on is acting like Clemson matters anymore. The real truth is they don’t. They just had the best season they have had in 30 years and still lost to the Gamecocks, who now have had back to back top 8 seasons while Clemson is barely in the top 12 this year after being out of the top 20 last year. Congrats on being the worlds tallest midget in the ACC one time in the last 20 years. Some accomplishmint there. You even got laughed at for thinking you deserved the automatic bid in a bcs game. Like 70 times. Back to this year, that was some impressive resume you had there too. THE REAL TRUTH is you can’t win and no one give a flying F about the glory days back when you used to drive that new 73 el Camino on campus and you could beat someone. You suck NOW and that’s all that matters. 5 in a row is 100%. suck on that truth bitch. The last win you had was longer ago than the president was in office. Think about that. It seems like forever ago doesnt it. what were you even doing back then? its so long ago I’ll bet you dont know. I do, you were ON A CORNER blowing the old man that told you Clemson was good. That’s where you are coming from and you seem to be going nowhere. HAHAHA HAHAHA HAHAHA LATER TATER

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stay classy prarie dogs February 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Duke’s dominance over you strike a nerve? Think you got that last laugh? I always get the last laugh…65-41-4 allows me to do so..it would end every argument with any sane half way intelligent person..which is why I’ll let you continue on while you down Milwaukee’s best all night while you sit at your desktop..enjoy it bro…and if you need a little spark of motivation for your next post…I got you…65-41-4 ;)

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scsince60 February 8, 2013 at 7:12 pm

My parents and their friends used to always laugh at the redneck, beat up pickup trucks on the way to the beach with IPTAY stickers in the back window. We only knew a couple of Clem graduates in those days, and they were ok. Totally pedestrian class in the 50′, 60′, and 70’s. You guys found a niche in the 80’s when “pretend, wanna-be, couldn’t get in to Wofford, types started going to your hillbilly school; always, in the back of their minds, knowing Clemson was a pud school. You can’t put lipstick on a pig, boy, and I assure you, that overall winning thing you are preaching, is not tasting as sweet as you would have us believe. When your little Clemlet starts first grade and asks “Daddy, did we beat Carolina before I was born?”, think about that 1931 game, and be proud.

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here kitty kittty kitty, little pussycat. February 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm

HAHAHAHA what do you really think you have there? An old, beat up, way past its prime, rusty, junk team that can run/win anymore. we call that a lemon in the car world. If you were a horse it would be put down. Remember camaro’s were good cars? It was a long time ago maybe, just like Clemson. Trust me turtkeneck, you cant get the last laugh unless you start laughing at Clemson. Everyone else is. Seriously google “ESPN laughing at clemson” and you will see announcers laugh at clemson losing to GT on air, laugh at WV scoring again on air, and there is a clip of them laughing at dabo’s rant before and after he got his butt hurt yet again by Spurrier. Dan Patrick called him a cheerleader. The glory hole I mean glory days were good to you I guess but its over over grasshopper. I think you failed history beacuse you forgot that it was in the past. hahahhahahahahahahahahahahahha here comes 5 then 6 then 7. hell it could be 10 before you win again. later tater. meow. hell you could have won the first 113 of those games it doesnt change the fact you cant win now. i guess that stings. not that throb in your bum, thats tajh’s penis, but it still stings none the less. hahahaha!!! thanks girly. you made this a fun day.

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Gene February 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

Great recruiting class by both South Carolina schools!

Hopefully 2 more top 10 rankings next year.

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