With seven fifth- and sixth-year seniors returning to Clemson for an additional 12 months, the Tigers are presently at 88 scholarships – three over the restrict of 85.
Head coach Dabo Swinney spoke about that on Wednesday, saying there are a couple of former walk-ons – quarterback Hunter Helms, operating again Domonique Thomas and lengthy snapper Holden Caspersen — that might go off scholarship once more if wanted.
“Roster administration is tough on this day of – we’ve received, what, a pair extra years of COVID I suppose,” Swinney mentioned. “Once more, I’m grateful for that as a result of we’ve received some nice gamers which might be coming again. I believed all these guys had been gone. When you had informed me again in the summertime that Xavier Thomas and (Justin) Mascoll and Ruke (Orhorhoro) and Tyler Davis and JP (Jalyn Phillips), that these guys had been all again right here, I’d have mentioned, ‘What planet are you residing on?’
“So, you type of plan for this stuff, however we’ve received three walk-ons on scholarship that we may take again if we needed to. I imply, they got here right here as walk-ons, definitely wouldn’t wish to try this. Hunter’s on scholarship, Domonique’s on scholarship and my snapper Caspersen’s on scholarship. These guys have earned it and so they deserve it, however they did come right here as a walk-on. If it received to that, however who is aware of.”
Added Swinney jokingly: “In Might, I could also be at 65 scholarships. They could hate Garrett (new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley), I don’t know.”
The scholarship numbers may clearly change if some gamers switch after the spring, although the Tigers didn’t undergo any switch departures after the spring final 12 months – one thing Swinney mentioned he hopes would be the case once more this 12 months.
“It doesn’t take a lot to actually put the maths collectively. So, we shall be at 85 by August, is the place you’ve received to be,” he mentioned. “We didn’t lose anyone after spring ball final 12 months and hopefully we don’t lose anyone this 12 months. I feel we’ve received an important roster.”
To that time in regards to the roster, Swinney believes the Tigers have inked three “particular” signing lessons in a row with their 2023 haul on high of the 2022 and 2021 teams.
“I feel we’ve put actually three particular lessons collectively in a row – like particular,” he mentioned. “(Will) Shipley, (Phil) Mafah, Brinny (Jake Briningstool), Barrett (Carter), (Jeremiah) Trotter, Nate (Wiggins), Marcus Tate, that group that shall be true juniors to go on high of that group final 12 months that had been true freshmen that shall be sophomores in Cade (Klubnik) and Blake (Miller) and Collin Sadler and a few of the different guys which have are available right here – Antonio (Williams), Cole (Turner), Adam Randall. It’s an important class. We actually signed an important class to place with this group.
“I feel it’s a very particular roster that I feel is constructed to do some issues for a few years to return. So, I’m excited to get to work with them, and we’ll see what occurs. However once more, we didn’t lose anyone final 12 months after spring and hopefully we don’t lose anyone this 12 months. However for those who do, you take care of it. However that’s the place we’re at this time.”
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