The most passionate part of Dabo Swinney’s Tuesday press conference came when the Clemson Head Coach had to defend his recruitment of CB Ryan Carter.
Carter, not a highly-ranked recruit, was thought of as a throw-in alongside his Grayson High School teammate Robert Nkemdiche out of Georgia.
After Nkemdiche broke his commitment to Clemson to go to Ole Miss, many wondered why the Tigers would waste a roster spot on a consensus two-star prospect with just two offers from Power-Five teams.
Swinney told the media Tuesday, why he stuck with Carter, and why he’s not surprised with how much he’s impacted the Tigers:
Carter has become the leader of a unit Swinney calls a true strength of the Tigers. He’s been the constant as injuries to Trayvon Mullen and Marcus Edmond have caused other players to play on the opposite side.
He’s played 220 snaps, one short of Tanner Muse for most in the defensive secondary, and his four pass breakups in five games lead the team.
Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables knew early on that Carter had the tools to compete for a spot, he just had to put things all together.
Ryan Carter spoke with SportsTalk’s Will Palaszczuk during Clemson’s Tuesday media availability: