Even though Deshaun Watson already signed his financial aid agreement papers with Clemson, he…
Dabo talks Deshaun Watson
"It allows you to communicate with them anytime you want. I think that's been great. That's been great with the guys that have signed with us," he said. "We can talk with them, text with them. I think that's a very positive thing. But I can definitely see where it can be misused, because everything goes away."
There's been a significant change to the letter of the law when a prospect signs a financial aid agreement with a school.
"Recruiting rules are history," Swinney said.
So, towards the end of his Tuesday press conference, Swinney answered questions about longtime commitment Deshaun Watson.
"I think he's pretty good," Swinney said, in what could be the shortest answer to a question in his career as Clemson's head coach.
Swinney was asked to delve into the specifics.
"He's just a great prospect…a great leader, a winner, terrific skill set, especially for what we do," Swinney said. "He fits our system perfectly. We're excited to have him to come be apart of our program, no question about that."
When asked to compare Watson to another quarterback, Swinney hesitated.
"I don't want to label anybody. I just think he's a pretty good Deshaun Watson. We'll see before we start labeling anybody," Swinney said. "I think he's a great young man, a tremendous family. He's been incredibly well coached. Coach [Bruce] Miller and his staff have done a great job. What he does in high school is a perfect fit for what he's going to do here.
"We've been watching him since the ninth grade. He's been to our camp every year. Just really excited, it's going to be really fun to see this guy perform at this level. I think he's going to be one of those guys, once it's all said and done, just like this guy that's leaving right now, he'll leave his mark."
So why the delay in talking about Watson, who signed his financial aid agreement papers on Sept. 1?
"To be honest with you, I didn't know we could talk about them," Swinney said. "It's really, I think, also these guys are in the midst of their season. They're trying to finish up. That's really it. We actually, in the last few weeks, just kind of got the official ruling that we could talk about them."
He added, "We've been real focused on our season and none of you guys have asked me about them."
Tajh Boyd will host Watson this weekend during his official visit.
"The guy is like a little brother to me, a really humble kid, super intelligent, and I love the personality he has. It's more than football," Boyd said. "I'm excited about the kind of person [Clemson] is getting coming in. He's coming in early and we've got some guys that can really play right now, who've proved they can play right now. I think it'll be an interesting competition for sure."
CUTigers.com Recommended Stories
Week 8: Super Sleepers
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More
BOMBS AWAY: ISIS BEFORE AND AFTER AIRSTRIKE
Photographer Bulent Kilic captured these amazing images of ISIS members who were on the very wrong end of an allied bombing in Turkey.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions
John Sullivan has suffered five concussions in his seven-year career, but he doesn’t believe his future is “in doubt.” He weighs the severity of the concussions against the number of them.Read More
- Stuff I'm currently tired of....
- Is there a team ranked ahead of us right now with a 1st year
- UNC academic scandal
- SI.com says Chad Morris will be next head coach
- Mate swapping of the famed Suricata suricatta