Dabo Swinney updates offseason, talks NFL draft plans
Dabo Swinney is still in the process of completing exit interviews with Clemson’s entire roster of more than 100 players, but with only about a dozen remaining, the Clemson head coach is not expecting any players to transfer this offseason.
Swinney spoke with the media prior to Monday night’s Prowl & Growl event at Fluor Field in Greenville and shared that he feels good about where the roster is at the conclusion of spring practice.
“I have a much better feel for this group after having these one-on-one meetings and conversations and just being on the same page of where everybody is and what they’ve got to do moving forward, making sure our evaluations are the same and if we have disagreeing comments, get on the same page,” Swinney said. “But it’s been really good. Nobody has told me that they’re not coming back.”
With that said, there is one player who is still deciding whether or not he will play for the Tigers in 2019.
Tight end Garrett Williams revealed late last season that he was considering giving up his final year of eligibility to join the military. Williams had surgery on his knee early on this offseason and did not participate in spring practice. He was still around the program in the spring and could be around the program again this fall. But he is unlikely to play for the Tigers.
“I don’t think 100 percent, but I think he’s close to it,” Swinney said when asked if Williams has made a final decision. “I think he’s probably not gonna be back. I’m hoping if he’s not gonna play that he might at least stay and maybe be a student assistant coach for us. But we’ll see.”
Swinney attended former Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow’s wedding over the weekend as Renfrow married his high school sweetheart Camilla Martin.
Several Tigers coaches and former and current Clemson players attended the wedding, including Swinney, co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and former Tigers defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.
“It was awesome. I had a great time down there... It was a beautiful wedding,” Swinney said. “It was like a little family reunion. We had a good time. We cut a rug, danced a little bit, and came back (Sunday).”
Wilkins, who was a groomsman, stole the show during the reception, according to Swinney.
“(Christian) was there this weekend, so I got to spend the whole weekend with Christian. I got to play golf with him. That was an experience,” Swinney said. “He took over the reception, had a little solo on stage. I don’t remember the song but he was actually pretty good. So that was a lot of fun.”
VISITING KELLY B
Several Clemson players, including Tee Higgins, Isaiah Simmons and Cornell Powell, visited and supported former Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant during Missouri’s spring game on Saturday.
Higgins posted a photo of several former Clemson players posing for a picture with Bryant in his Missouri uniform.
“Guys come and go in the program, but relationships never end. These guys are friends. He’s a graduate. He graduated. Some guys graduate and they go to the NFL. He just graduated and went to Missouri.” Swinney said. “But that doesn’t mean that their friendships end or their relationships end, that’s for sure. I think it’s neat that it worked out that way and those guys were able to go and support their former teammate.”