Clemson football Head Coach Dabo Swinney spoke with the media on Wednesday to introduce his two newest additions to the Tigers program.
Swinney glowed when talking about the first Clemson signee from the state of Missouri, DB Mario Goodrich of Lee’s Summit, MO, a suburb of Kansas City. The head coach says Goodrich brings a high-IQ to the table and has very little limitations in terms of his body to play at the collegiate level.
The recruit that struck a major personal wave with Swinney was Phenix City, Alabama WR Justyn Ross who signed with Clemson on Wednesday. Swinney said it’s the first time the Tigers have been able to go into the state of Alabama and attract its consensus #1 player to come to Clemson.
Swinney spoke in more detail on the process with both signees below:
Swinney on Mario Goodrich and Justyn Ross
The two February signees give Clemson a class of 17, the second season in a row that they have signed less than the maximum 25 allowed. Swinney said next season they will plan on signing a full class, and that the low numbers leaving the last two years kept them pretty hamstrung when they crunched the numbers.
The Tigers also contended with draft-eligible players who were on the fence about jumping to the NFL or staying with Clemson. Defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Austin Bryant along with offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt all went through the draft process only to stay with the Tigers.
Swinney spoke Wednesday for the first time publicly about those players staying, saying they didn’t get the draft grades they wanted.
Swinney on draft-eligible players staying at Clemson
In addition to the 17 signees, Clemson announced Wednesday the addition of three preferred walk-ons, including Dabo Swinney’s son WR Drew Swinney, Birmingham, Alabama safety Carson Donnelly and Dorman High School QB Ben Batson, the son of Clemson strength and condititioning coach Joey Batson.
Swinney also confirmed that two more players will leave the program in TE Shadell Bell and RB CJ Fuller. They are both expected to graduate in May and are seeing graduate transfers with immediate eligibility for the Fall. Fuller in particular fell out of favor with the emergence of Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne, along with his own issues fumbling.
Clemson begins Spring Football practice on Wednesday, February 28th, culminating with the Spring Game on April 14th.