Dabo Swinney defines a Clemson commitment: There is no gray area. I define it very clearly
Posted by: Pete Roussel on November 14, 2012
Earlier today, we noticed that Stanford head coach David Shaw said that an early signing period could be 'catastrophic' for a young man.
Tonight, Dabo Swinney stated otherwise. Swinney thinks an early signing period would be best suited for everyone involved.
Following Wednesday's practice, Swinney told reporters his exact recruiting commitment policy.
The nation's top recruit, Robert Nkemdiche recently de-committed from Clemson.
Swinney explained, "I tell guys up front. I just tell guys up front. I'm sure the coaches cringe every time they bring a guy in there to me or get someone on the phone who wants to talk about committing. That's why nobody can take a commitment except for me. Because I'm going to have the same conversation with everybody, so then nobody can say we didn't say this (or that).
"The first thing I try to do is talk them out of it. I want to see really to if they're serious about it. If they are, then ask them some questions and talk about it. Then I define it, so we can both agree on a definition. Then nobody's mad. So if you decide that later on that you don't want to be committed, that's fine, but if you want to be a commitment and you want to go visit other places, that's not commitment. Don't commit. I don't get that. I mean, let's just keep recruiting you. Nobody gets made. It's not an issue. I don't know what's so complicated about it."
Swinney stated, "Some guys want to make a reservation or something, and call up and cancel it later. We try to not operate like that around here."
"When a guy makes a commitment at Clemson, we define it up front. Very clearly. There's no gray area."
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