Over the last 20 years Clemson has been a decent team. Not spectacular but a solid middle of the road team. But recruiting trend changes over the last three years appear to have Clemson poised to jump from middle of the road to elite.
If you go back and review Clemson's recruitng classes from the 03 to 05 classes they were okay. Middle of the road. Here is a list of the top Clemson commits rankings from that time period:
4-star (Rivals) note: 4 of these were 2005 commits
Now from the 06-08 (so far) we have a dramatic turnaround in recruiting. Take a look at the difference
Givin the timeframe of the increase I would expect that talent should start showing this year.