Because he committed to Clemson a year ago, and, as Dabo Swinney said, he was a low maintenance recruit, the signing of Trevor Lawrence went under the radar a bit Wednesday as Clemson inked one of its best classes in school history as the early signee period began in college football.
Lawrence, according to 24/7 Sports, is the nation’s No. 1 Player and is one of four top 10 players the Tigers signed on Wednesday. Clemson also landed the nation’s No. 3 player in defensive end Xavier Thomas, the No. 5 player in defensive end K.J. Henry and the No. 9 player in left tackle Jackson Carman.
In all, the Tigers signed 15 players for the 2018 Class, but it was Lawrence, despite all the talent and competition that is already in Clemson’s quarterback room, that headlined the class.
“I think that just speaks to certainly (Brandon) Streeter and the type of coach he is and how he articulates things in the recruiting process that you have the quality of young men that we have, in that room, that want to come here and compete and they want to play in our offense,” Swinney said.
Lawrence, who plans to enroll at Clemson next month, will join starter Kelly Bryant, former 5-star Hunter Johnson and former 4-stars Zerrick Cooper and Chase Brice in the quarterbacks’ room when spring practice starts in March.
Of course Bryant just led the Tigers to the No. 1 ranking in every major poll and to the College Football Playoff for a third straight year. Oh by the way, he was the MVP in the ACC Championship Game earlier this month and is 12-1 as the starter.
“They all understand competition, and like I said Trevor committed last December and has been one of the most low maintenance recruits that I have ever been around,” Swinney said. “I mean, ‘Hey I am coming. Okay! Alright!’ That was it. There was just nothing to it. He has known what he wants to do and he is excited about coming in here and having the opportunity to compete.
“My job is to go and recruit the best player I can recruit for Clemson University, and then when they get here, challenge them, grow them, mature them, develop them into being the best version of themselves.”
Swinney says competition brings out the best in everyone and at the end of the day somebody is going to win a job.
“You are going to have starters and you are going to have backups and that’s life,” the Tigers’ head coach said. “That is the way it is. We have a process in place, you go through and let the chips fall where they may.”