How Clemson handles transfers is a huge recruiting tool

The Clemson Tigers have a loaded roster and the No. 6 recruiting class in the country signed for the Class of 2018 and the reality that transfers are likely simply comes with the space they occupy as one of college football’s elite.

However, how Clemson handles transfer situations has begun to set them apart from some of their peers and should probably even be used as a recruiting tool if it hasn’t already.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a program more gracious when it comes to transfers than Clemson. Take departing running back C.J. Fuller, for instance.

Fuller was a starter at the beginning of the 2017 season before being surpassed on the depth chart by Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster. And he probably still could have provided utility to the Tigers at a position that is routinely decimated by injury.

Yet, when Fuller attempted to transfer he met no resistance. In fact, he was embraced wholeheartedly by the organization.

His transfer will feature no restrictions, other than the NCAA standard that he not be allowed to attend any school that comes up on the 2018 schedule — which is a somewhat senseless guideline to begin with since non-graduate/waiver transfers have to sit out a year to begin with.

The same can be said for defensive lineman Sterling Johnson. He was a valuable member of the defensive tackle rotation in 2017, but when Christian Wilkins returned and Clemson brought in scores of talent on the defensive line he realized he might not get the starting opportunities he hoped for to showcase his skills to the NFL.

He may have still even been in the two-deep, but because Clemson couldn’t guarantee him what he truly desired they let him walk and thanked him for his service, too.

He might even wind up at Miami, a team that could be ACC title contenders opposite Clemson for the foreseeable future. But that’s okay because it paints a picture.

It tells recruits that if you come to Clemson and it doesn’t work out for whatever reason, you can go and pursue what’s best for you and we’ll support you in every aspect because we truly care about  you outside of your value to the program. It’s endearing.

And it’s equally telling that the six players who have transferred out of Clemson this offseason have expressed nothing but love for the coaching staff and the university. It’s just another example of how Clemson has created a culture within this program.

Rival fanbases can paint it as disingenuous and, even if they’re somehow right, it doesn’t matter. Because Dabo Swinney’s players certainly don’t seem to think so.

He might be corny and you might disagree with some of his stances (cough amateurism cough), but you’ll struggle to find too many people who don’t think he actually cares about his kids. And, while that seems like a relative no-brainer, it’s not true of all coaches.

Recruiting is difficult, but in a lot of ways it boils down to whether or not you trust that the guy you’re going to play for will truly have your best interests at heart. And knowing that you’ll be supported even if you choose to leave and play somewhere else in the event of the worst-case scenario unfolding certainly lends to that.

Is there a chance that it’s a facade, absolutely. But if the end result is that a kid gets to go and be happy, is that even necessarily that bad of a thing?

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