By Ashley Denny.
National Signing Day has always been full of surprises with athletes waiting until the day of to commit to their college of choice or changing their minds the day of.
At Clemson University, it’s no different. Every year on signing day, Clemson coaches, IPTAY members and current players gather in the West Endzone and wait for the faxes to start coming in.
A meal is provided for those who IPTAY members and student interns who wish to watch as signing day progresses.
A recruit can sign his National Letter of Intent as early as 7AM and after that coaches play the waiting game in hope that all of the hard work they did recruiting these athletes throughout the years paid off.
The faxes are sent to Recruiting Coordinator Jeff Scott’s office and after each fax has been received the coaches then mark each new Tiger’s name on the Recruiting Board and the time at which his fax was received.
During Signing Day, all of the televisions in the West Endzone are turned to ESPNU which airs a 10 hour Signing Day Special where several athletes that Clemson is hoping to sign will make their announcement live.
After all of Clemson’s recruits have signed their letters of intent, Head Coach Dabo Swinney will then hold a press conference in which he will discuss the year’s recruiting class and how he sees each of these new signees fitting into Clemson’s offensive or defensive scheme.
That night, Coach Swinney hosts a reception in which Clemson fans will be able to view highlight clips for each of Clemson’s new recruits and also meet with and talk to the coaches present.
Although National Signing Day is one of the more stressful days for the Clemson staff, it is also very rewarding in that at the end of the day coaches are left with a feeling of excitement for the future of Clemson Football knowing that their hard work recruiting has paid off.