Clemson signee: Negative recruiting vs. Ohio State was 'underlying' factor

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Fairfield (OH) five-star lineman Jackson Carman, who officially visited Clemson earlier this month, chose the Tigers over Ohio State and USC.

Carman, the No. 1 recruit in the state of OH, is the No. 9 overall recruit in the 2018 class per 247Sports' Composite Rankings. He's a prodigious talent and, as an early enrollee, figured to be able to compete for early playing time at Ohio State - especially with tackle Jamarco Jones out of eligibility.

"An Ohio native, Carman is listed at 6'6" and 330 pounds by 247Sports. Past 5-stars signed by the Buckeyes include Chase Young, Nick Bosa, Raekwon McMillan, Vonn Bell and Jalin Marshall.

We also think Swinney could have simply just said "31-0" (the score of Clemson's College Football Playoff win over Ohio State a year ago) over and over again to Carman to get him to sign with the Tigers, but whatever works, right?

When asked about Carman's comments in a small group of reporters Wednesday, Swinney said he didn't recall making those comments to the five-star recruit but did not deny that he made them, either.

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And that disappointment from Buckeyes fans and the coaching staff is totally warranted.

In losing Carman, the Buckeyes are losing a player long considered to be their top target in this class. Ohio State wanted Carman.

"This is going to be our fourth senior class in a row that's leaving as the winningest class in school history".

Ohio State will be worse off for not signing Carman, but there are additional offensive tackle options to chase until February ― such as 4-star Rasheed Walker from Waldorf, Md.

Tigerillustrated.com will have more on Carman's decision later today.

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