• Dabo Stings Recruits with Paul Johnson Recruiting Philosophy

    GT head football coach Paul Johnson has company in the coaching ranks when it comes to his recruiting philosophy. Johnson has made waves over the years in the way he won’t allow recruits to visit other schools after they have committed to him.

    Fans and media have been split, the critics saying it denies teenage recruits the opportunity to fully explore their options and in some ways hurts GT recruiting. Johnson’s supporters like that it forces recruits to stand firm with their commitment.

    Turns out that Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is utilizing the same philosophy. For the second time in this recruiting season Swinney has dumped a recruit who verbally committed to the Tigers then took a visit elsewhere.

    Swinney canned Florida linebacker Isaac McDonald in early June after the Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, FL) player attended Alabama and Mississippi camps.

    Apparently Champagnat Catholic assistant Jon Drummond wasn’t too impressed with Swinney’s recruiting philosophy based on what Drummond said in his Twitter posts.

    “Clemson gon tell me I shouldn't have taken a player in visits...man they crazy as hell. A verbal commitment dnt mean u own a kid.”

    And this… “They cut from the list and consideration….and coach D slams the phone setup like we owe him. S***t they can have that attitude n shove it”

    And this… “Clemson with that BS, but I bet they let committed players on their campus all day any day….smh keeping it moving”

    In addition to McDonald, North Carolina offensive lineman R.J. Prince committed to Clemson and then after visiting North Carolina to view the Tar Heels’ game against Duke, his ties with the Tigers were severed.

    If there was an early signing period like Paul Johnson and many college football coaches advocate it would greatly minimize the commit and still look elsewhere problem.