Over the years, Clemson fans have gotten used to a certain amount of fireworks coming at Dabo Swinney’s annual All In Cookout—the Tigers’ premiere preseason recruiting event.
Since its inception in 2012, the Tigers have secured commitments—at the event– from names such as Tyshon Dye, Cannon Smith, Jabril Robinson and, last season, Tre Lamar.
However, the list of the recruits that committed to the Tigers following the even may be even more impressive as Mike Williams, Scott Pagano, Austin Bryant, Ray-Ray McCloud and Nyles Pickney all announced their intentions to join the Tigers following the event.
But this season, while it possessed the star power in current Tiger commit, five-star quarterback and No. 2 overall player in the nation, Trevor Lawrence and five-star cornerback Tyson Campbell– the one thing missing from this year’s event was a number of big name recruits that the Tigers had hoped to get on campus this weekend.
The list of players that did not make the cookout was five-star cornerback Anthony Cook—who had a death in the family, offensive linemen Jamaree Salyer and Trey Hill, who was at Auburn Thursday and got the date of the event mixed up, were both not in attendance.
Current Clemson wide receiver recruit Derion Kendrick was not in attendance, as was the case for Mike Jones Jr. and Xavier Thomas—both of whom had football obligations at IMG.
Even with a number of players missing, the Tigers did get a surprise visit from four-star running back Lyn-J Dixon.
The Tennessee commit was offered by the Tigers July 1, following the announcement of Zamir White that he would be committing to the University of Georgia. However, for Tiger fans hoping to see a shift in Dixon’s allegiance following the cookout were left disappointed as he took to Twitter saying, “#UTK22…Vols” with a photo of him wearing a Tennessee hat.
Even though this year’s event did not see the fireworks that many had hoped for, for the staff it was still an important event.
“The cookout is the biggest recruiting event that we have before the season every year,” recruiting coordinator Brandon Streeter said. “We are looking to get the guys on campus before they start fall camp. I will continue to say this about the cookout, and really any time we get guys on campus we feel like once we get them on the campus, and they get a chance to hang around everyone, and they get to see everything that we have for them and they get to talk to Coach Swinney—we have a great shot to get them.”