"The first thing I do when I talk to a commit is try to talk them out of it"

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is one of many coaches that would like to see an early signing period in college football.

"It's ridiculous that we don't have one," Dabo explained. "It's a waste of a lot of peoples time, it's a waste of a lot of money and it creates a lot of the garbage that goes on in recruiting, to be honest with you. A lot of that would be eliminated."

Dabo noted that an early signing period would relieve a lot of headaches for a coaching staff, and also allow recruits to truly enjoy their senior year.

"If a guy is committed, and he's still taking visits, then he's not committed. Now, that's his right, but you can't expect us to hold someone's scholarship for them and be more committed to them than they are to us. That's just the way that I deal with it.

"If you had a signing day in September, or let's say October 1, well if those guys don't sign with you, well then you know that they're not committed. You know then that you better get to work and make sure that we're going to be able to fill our numbers because we can't count on these guys. The flip side of that is that all of those guys that sign with you because they know what they want to do, then they can enjoy their senior year and enjoy the confidence of knowing that they got their scholarship."

Swinney then explained that he tells recruits how he views commitment up front, so that there's no misunderstandings later on.

"I'm sure the coaches cringe every time that they bring a guy in there to me that wants to talk to me about committing. That's why nobody can take a commitment from me, because I am going to have the same conversation with everybody so that nobody can say 'Well we didn't say this or that'."

"If you want to commit, and you're sure that you want to commit, the first thing that I do is try to talk them out of it. And if they are, then I'll ask them some questions and talk about it, and then I define it so we can both agree on a definition so then nobody is mad." Dabo said. "Some people want to call and make a reservation and then call up and cancel it later, that's just not how we operate."

Obviously this strategy won't work for coaches at every level or at every university, but attempting to talk a recruit out of committing to test his commitment is an interesting (and likely very effective) strategy. Swinney and his staff obviously want to get guys that are all on board. His thoughts on an early signing day also make a lot of sense, especially looking at it from the student athletes perspective that would allow them to focus on enjoying their final year of high school.

Hear more from Dabo below.


Thursday TV - ACC and NFL games tonight

North Carolina and Virginia are on ESPN tonight, and the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills square off on the NFL Network.

Eastern time listed.


Miami at Buffalo - 8:20 - NFL Network


North Carolina at Virginia - 7:30 - ESPN

High School:

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Ball State rollin out black unis tonight

Ball State hosts Ohio tonight in what should be an excellent football game. Good teams, excellent coaches, #MACtion... should be a great one (8pm est / ESPNU).

Check out the new unis that Ball State is rollin out!

Maryland's "black ops" uniform

Maryland has unveiled their new "black ops" uniforms that they'll wear this weekend against Florida State.

These are pretty sick looking, but are they the best Under Armour uniforms out there so far? 

Let us know your thoughts.


Should your offensive and defensive philosophies mirror each other?

Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder explained yesterday that part of their struggles on the defensive side of the ball have to do with not being physically big enough to hang with their opponents for a full sixty minutes.

"I'm from the school of 'big.'" VanGorder explains.

"I think that I am right in that. I think if you look at the NFL there was one defense that was built with the idea of small and fast, and it was a defense that was built with a high scoring offense that was ahead all the time. And it worked, I'm speaking of Indianapolis."

"It's a heavyweight game. It's for big people, and strong people, and we've got to improve in that area."

That brings up an interesting point. Depending on what level your coaching at, do you (or should you) adjust your offensive or defensive philosophies (and ultimately your recruiting strategy) based on what the other side of the ball does?

Take what VanGorder says in the clip for example; If you've got an offense that puts a ton of points on the board and is up and down the field in a hurry, wouldn't it make sense to have smaller, faster guys out there on defense? And on the flip side of that, if you've got an offense that is big and physical and can grind it out each week, isn't there some value in having a big and physical defense as well?

We're interested to hear your thoughts on this one.

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