CLEMSON, S.C. — The Early Signing Period was a great day for the Clemson Football Program all the way around.
First, the Tigers inked the No. 11 class in the country, according to the major recruiting outlets, as they signed 26 players. Clemson also landed graduate quarterback Paul Tyson from the transfer portal, before Swinney blew everyone’s mind and announced several key players from the 2022 roster, who were expected to turn pro, are returning for another season at Clemson.
“We feel great about where we are,” Swinney said. “Roster wise, we don’t have any room at the end hardly. So, we are pretty stacked. It is a great, great problem to have. We got some guys coming back that we did not know were coming back.
“I promise you they will be the best recruits in this class. So, I am super excited about that.”
Swinney did not indicate who might be returning for another season. Of course, defensive end Myles Murphy isn’t. He has already announced he will not play in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 so he can focus on the NFL Draft scouting combine. Trenton Simpson, who will miss the game due to an ankle injury, has already declared himself eligible for the draft.
However, Clemson still has not released any official word on draft eligible players such as Xavier Thomas, Bryan Bresee, Tyler Davis, Justin Mascoll and Jalyn Phillips.
Swinney did not say who was coming back, but admitted he was not expecting them to come back for another season.
“There were some surprises to me,” he said. “I don’t know if y’all know about things. But I don’t think some of them have said anything, but at some point, they will.”
Swinney was again asked when those players might announce their return, and again, he said he was not sure, though he did say it could happen soon.