Thursday, February 2, 2012

Clemson & Chick-fil-A

Yesterday was National Signing Day. This is the day that high school football players fax in their letters of intent to play football for the program of their choice, based on scholarship offers. Recruiting is not an exact science. It's had to know what kind of player an 18 year old will be in college, and it's hard to know what makes them choose one scholarship offer over another. There are the normal things, program/conference reputation, caliber of specific position coaches, academic reputation, social connections etc.

And then there are the things that come out of left field. Yesterday Cassanova McKinzy - a four star linebacker recruit out of Birmingham, Alabama - picked Auburn over Clemson because Auburn had a Chick-fil-A on campus.

Here are my thoughts:
  • There is a Chick-fil-A on campus.
  • This guy might not be smart enough to play for Clemson. If this really was his priority, then even as an outside linebacker, we don't want someone that would rather be at Chick-fil-A than spending time in the weight room.
  • We didn't do a good enough job recruiting him.  He should have been so blown away by our program, coaches, facilities, and gameday atmosphere that Chick-fil-A wasn't an issue.
I also think it's funny how this has become a hot topic of conversation today.  Yesterday was a fairly calm signing day for Clemson, I think most things went as planned.  Chick-fil-A has even gotten involved sending the following tweets:

Way to go Cassanova, best of luck at Auburn.


  1. Middle Tennessee State has Chick Fil A on campus he could have gone there too.

  2. ha ha - well with everything else being equal...I guess the Chik-fil-a would tip the scales... Seriously though, have you HAD the Chick-Fil-A sauce?

  3. haha, Chick-Fil-A sauce is pretty amazing, and a spicy chicken sandwich with pepper-jack cheese & ranch is the cure for all that ails you! Now I'm getting hungry : )


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