With two near misses, expect Clemson to focus on landing a top tailback in the 2013 class and try to let the tailbacks of 2012 become a distant memory.
Until the bitter end, the Tigers were in it late with five-star tailback Keith Marshall and four-star athlete Todd Gurley from Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook, who is also expected to play tailback in college. Both ultimately picked Georgia. Marshall did so last month. Gurley did so on Friday.
As an alternative, Clemson could zero in on Mike Davis from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson but that looks to be a tough goal to accomplish becasuse South Carolina looks to be in prime position to land the four-star tailback.
If the Gamecocks do indeed land Davis, look for Clemson to focus on Tyshon Dye from Elbert (Ga.) County High School (if they haven't already). That could lead to another battle between the Tigers and Bulldogs as they were two of the first schools to offer the ESPN 150 Watch List junior a scholarship.
Replacing rising senior Andre Ellington will be a top priority for the Tigers' 2013 class. The tailback started all 13 games last season as a junior and gained 1,178 yards. That accounted for 65 percent of the rushing yards gained by Clemson's tailbacks. That ratio is likely to rise this season.