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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Crowder's Clemson commit no surprise

By RecruitingNation

Perseverance paid off for Dabo Swinney and Clemson when it came to four-star guard Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond).

The No. 125 prospect in the ESPN 150 committed to Clemson over Georgia on signing day. Crowder began hearing from the Clemson staff back during his freshman season. The 6-foot-1, 325-pound Under Armour All-American had offers from some of the country’s elite programs.

Crowder is only the second offensive lineman in the Tigers’ 2013 class.

-- Jared Shanker

What is the impact of Crowder's decision?

Instant Analysis

What it means for Clemson: The Tigers had Crowder on lockdown from very early on in his recruitment, zeroing in on the 6-foot-1, 325-pound ESPN 150 offensive lineman and never letting up. Crowder was the top interior-line target for Clemson and expected to be only the second offensive lineman to sign with the Tigers.

What it means for Georgia: Georgia stopped recruiting Crowder over a month ago when they decided that ESPN 150 prospect Brandon Kublanow and four-star prospect Josh Cardiello would complete their interior line class.

Turning point: When Crowder took a half-day visit to Athens, Ga., visited Clemson directly after and never returned. After that day, the contact from the Bulldogs’ staff dwindled, and the Tigers became the clear frontrunner to add the four-star prospect.

Surprise (scale of 1-5): 1. This one has been over for over six months and was never really much of a recruiting battle to begin with. Clemson always does a nice job of early evaluations, and in Crowder they added the No. 5 guard in the country.

Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 2. While Crowder is highly talented, Clemson has depth at both guard positions with David Beasley, Tyler Shatley, Reid Webster and Kalon Davis. Crowder's toughness and reputation as a mauler in the trenches could make him a locker-room favorite for the Clemson running backs.

-- Kipp Adams