NCF On The Trail: Dabo Swinney

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops admitted his first season didn’t go like he had planned, but those struggles haven’t hurt the Wildcats on the recruiting trail; Vanderbilt is in a tough recruiting situation if it moves too fast or too slow with its coaching search; and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney thought of a different way recruiting classes should be evaluated.


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ACC class rankings analysis 

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Florida State, the ACC's reigning champion, now owns the No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the country for the 2014 cycle, as Alabama has passed up the Seminoles. Miami, too, is in the top five giving the ACC some strong classes to go with the usual dominance of the SEC. There is a noticeable drop off beyond that, though. Clemson is next at No. 11, Virginia at No. 17 and North Carolina at No. 22.

Trending up: Mike London's Cavaliers have put together a tremendous class already. Their top two commitments, Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Frommel Smith) and Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside), are both five-star caliber and in-state talents. Keeping highly rated guys home is important for any program, and London and Co. were able to do that. But last week, they reached across the country and snagged ESPN 300 ATH Jeff Farrar (Upland, Calif./Upland) out of California. That gives Virginia four ESPN 300 commitments, but at only 11 commitments, they'll need to fill out the rest of their class in the coming months. It's also worth noting that North Carolina picked up a verbal from three-star wide receiver Josh Cabrera (Jacksonville, N.C./Northside).

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Clemson adds Watch List WR McCrary

February, 25, 2013
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ESPN Watch List wide receiver Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef) has reached a decision.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN Watch List WR Jake McCrary committed to Clemson on Monday.
The former Florida State pledge, who decommitted from the Seminoles in early fall of 2012, is going to stay in the ACC after all.

On Monday night, he took himself back off the market, this time joining Clemson's 2014 class.

"Clemson just felt like home," McCrary said. "I love the coaches. They are great people, and I feel like I can come in and make a huge impact."

McCrary's fondness for Clemson grew stronger after he broke off his pledge with Florida State. He was certainly not bashful in saying the Tigers were his leader.

And now he's made his decision official and will head to the orange Death Valley and coach Dabo Swinney.

McCrary joins three other ESPN Watch List members in Clemson's 2014 class, including Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville), Cannon Smith (Columbia, S.C./Hammond) and Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central).

He is the sixth junior to commit to Clemson.

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