CLEMSON — For the first time in more than a year, Clemson’s coaching staff is preparing to meet with recruits in person.
Dabo Swinney and his assistants will welcome prospects to campus next month for the 2021 Dabo Swinney Football Camp.
Swinney’s camp, which is held annually, was canceled last year due to COVID-19. A dead period for recruiting has been in place since last March, barring recruits from visiting with coaches. It is finally set to end on June 1.
“Summer camps are coming up, planning for that,” Swinney said. “We’ll have camps the first two weeks of June. We’re really, really excited to be able to… it’ll be the first time in over a year we will have been able to have a face-to-face with any prospect.”
The camp will include six sessions. Dates for each session are — June 2, June 3, June 5, June 6, June 10 and June 11.
Some prospects will work out for Clemson coaches in hopes of landing an offer, while recruits with offers will get to see what it’s like to be coached by Clemson’s staff. The camp also gives prospects an opportunity to get to know Clemson’s coaches better, as well as see facilities and the campus.
It also allows Clemson’s staff the chance to work with recruits and see how they take in coaching. The camp is beneficial for all parties involved.
The camp will be different this year than in years past as some COVID protocols will still be in place. Participants won’t be able to stay overnight on campus, and Clemson won’t provide dining. Still, it’s a big step forward for Clemson and all programs that have had to drastically adjust the way they recruit.
“We’re not going to be able to do camp like we typically do camp, because you’ve still got some protocol stuff,” Swinney said. “But we’re thankful we can still get out and have some practices. No dorms, no buses, no dining. Just get out and practice some football and come and go on your own.”