Dabo Swinney is known for having a family friendly atmosphere when it comes to Clemson’s coaching staff.
Tigers coaches regularly bring their spouses and kids to practices or events.
It is safe to say that there will be plenty of coaches’ kids around Clemson’s program in 2018 because three members of Clemson’s recruiting class are sons of staff members.
The Tigers announced the additions of preferred walk-ons Ben Batson and Drew Swinney on Signing Day. Batson, who played quarterback at Dorman, is the son of Clemson strength and conditioning coach Joey Batson. Ben’s brother Michael is a punter on the team.
Ben led Dorman to a 12-3 record as a senior and threw for 1,792 yards while rushing for 1,201 yards. He could play defensive back for the Tigers as well.
“We don’t exactly know where he’s going to plug in, but boy is he athletic,” recruiting coordinator Brandon Streeter said. “He’s such an athlete. He’s fast, he’s big, he’s strong. He can make you miss and he can throw the football.”
Drew is a wide receiver who attended Daniel High and Dabo Swinney’s son. His brother, Will Swinney, plays receiver and is the holder for the Tigers.
Drew was an all-region player in 2017 after catching 30 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns.
“Drew’s already said he’s going to beat (Will) out as the holder so we’ll have a little competition, but nah, those two, they’ve really been more like twins their whole life. They’re only 17 months apart,” Dabo said. “They’ve just been really best friends forever, so I was hopeful Drew would come. But they’ve got to make their own decisions. He’s really excited and had a great year this year. Drew is an inspiration to our family. He’s a kid coming in here that’s getting to live his dream. It’ll be awesome.”
Clemson also signed linebacker Jake Venables, the son of defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
Jake is rated as a three-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and recorded 70 tackles with 22 tackles for loss during his senior season.
“Jake is a knockoff from his dad. He’s a rolling ball of butcher blades,” Dabo said. “He’s a fast, tough, physical, smart, instinctive football player that literally just lives and breathes it.”