Over the years, Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney has emerged as one of the top coaches in all of college football. And as it turns out, he’s a huge reason why star quarterback Trevor Lawrence committed to the Clemson Tigers in the first place.
During an appearance on The Journey podcast this week, Trevor Lawrence explained his strong connection to Dabo Swinney.
“And Coach Swinney is super genuine,” Lawrence said according to On3. “I think when you sit down and talk with him you feel that he’s definitely (great). People have their own opinions but everyone that’s played for him, everyone can attest to how genuine of a person he is and he really does care about you. I think that came through immediately to myself, to my family, the way he treated us …
“It’s a culture and he’s put people around him and around the players that do things the right way that treat people right. And like Coach Streeter, you know, Coach Elliot when he was there, there’s so many other people, but those are the two main ones in my career, and they’re the same way like they’re genuine, they want to help you.”
While Clemson was successful on the field during Lawrence’s time with the team, it was what they did for him off the field that made the program so special to Lawrence.
“They care about you as a person more than a player,” Lawrence said. “Obviously at the end of the day, you’re gonna kind of make your own path yourself, but they really do care about you. I think I saw that especially at the end. Not to say that Georgia coaches didn’t because they’ve obviously done a great job, but I just felt that connection more with the people at Clemson.”
It’s safe to say he looks back on his time at Clemson very fondly.