Something so many Clemson fans have been waiting to hear. The Tigers are now actively recruiting the transfer portal.
Not because there has been public outcry by some inside the fan base, but because the coaching staff feels this team might need help at one position in 2022, and that is along the interior of the offensive line. Most notably at center.
Does this mean the coaches aren’t confident in Ryan Linthicum being ready after taking a redshirt in 2021? Possibly. Or maybe they would just prefer to move Hunter Rayburn to guard and not have to rely on an undersized Mason Trotter so heavily next season. It’s hard to know for sure.
Either way, Dabo Swinney is finally attempting to dip his toes into the portal, and exactly in the way he has always said he would. To fill immediate needs.
On Tuesday, Clemson officially offered O’Cyrus Torrence, a transfer OL from Louisiana.
Torrence has spent the past three seasons at Louisiana playing for Billy Napier and most are expecting him to follow the head coach to Florida. However, Torrence isn’t the Tigers’ first attempt at bringing in a transfer offensive linemen. There has been at least one other offer, and they have been in contact with several more offensive linemen that are, or were in the portal.
That first player that Swinney does eventually sign out of the portal might end up with a statue outside of Death Valley, seeing as how part of the fan base has moaned and groaned about the head coach not using it to this point. In all seriousness though, once Clemson does take that first player from the portal, at least the ones that always claim that Swinney just refuses to use it out of stubbornness will no longer have a leg to stand on.
Clemson and Notre Dame have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
For the second time this season, Clemson will be an underdog at home.
Despite Clemson’s astonishing loss to Miami, the Tigers will head to Raleigh next week favored over NC State.