3 major changes Clemson needs to make to recapture former glory

From being on top of the world to getting toppled on, the Clemson Tigers have fallen from grace.

Dabo Swinney, Clemson Tigers
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2. Clemson should allow commits to visit other schools

While adjusting a recruiting strategy more national in scope at wide receiver could help get the offense back on track, there is one other big thing the Tigers can do under Swinney to get with the times. Clemson is one of the few schools where offers are only committable. This means if you accept Clemson's scholarship offer, you recruitment shuts down completely and you are locked in.

Yes, you can still decommit and reopen your recruitment entirely, but this antiquated practice comes across as cultish and has allowed other big programs to lap them. Let me explain... In theory, you would think allowing commits to visit other schools is a horrible thing. Oh, no, no, no, no, no! What this does is it allows your best recruits to recruit other top guys to your programs way more effectively.

Not only does this afford greater recruiting class networking opportunities, but it also helps reaffirm your commitment to your program. It is not cheating if everyone but you is doing it. Yes, you may lose a few players to other programs this way, but you can't make an omelet without cracking a few eggs first. By cutting everyone off after committing, you leave yourself isolated and totally exposed.

Clemson could make these changes as soon as right now, but this old-time tradition needs to die.