Over the last few seasons, the ACC has been maligned as a second-tier football conference when compared to the likes of the Pac-12 and the SEC — especially the SEC.
After losing to in-state rival South Carolina in the regular season finale, however, Dabo Swinney’s Clemson squad finally broke through. The Tigers took home a massive upset win over SEC powerhouse LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
And now, Swinney and his coaching staff are carrying the momentum of that monumental win onto the recruiting trail. On Sunday, Clemson flipped a star athlete, Marcus Edmond, whose prior commitment had been to conference foe North Carolina State.
Edmond is six feet tall, but only 165 pounds. Thus, to garner the type of D-I level interest as he has, he must be head-and-shoulders above his competition in terms of athletic ability.
According to ESPN, that is precisely the case.
“[Edmond's] a prospect who would be a very good fit for the triple option attack and would have to be employed in this type of scheme to remain under center. He is a quick and shifty runner that is serviceable as a passer, especially at the high school level. Is built like a wide receiver with a lean, wiry frame and we anticipate this where he will end up if not at safety.”
Under Swinney, Clemson’s offense has come to be called ‘the Oregon of the South’. The program gets one more year out of the sensational Tajh Boyd, who chose to stick around for his senior year as opposed to bolting for the riches of the NFL.
Not only does it look like Boyd may have another weapon in his arsenal in Edmond, but the team has yet another star speedster to continue its ascent to national prominence.