Life was pretty good for
Then the faxes rolled in.
Bowden and his staff pulled off three signing day shockers. For the second time in three years, they wrestled the top back in Florida (
"We haven't done it since I've been here, and I doubt they did it before. I've coached at Alabama and at Auburn, so I'm very familiar with that state," Bowden said. "It's tough to go into Alabama and get one if they want him. ... You just don't pull 'em out of that state if they want them."
And just to prove Bowden is a coach on a hot streak and not a miracle worker, his final target, Gadsden, Ala., linebacker
Bowden said Tigers receivers coach
"We've got an offensive system right now that's geared toward the running back," Bowden said. "The timing was pretty good for Jamie. We've got
Bowden believes the extension he signed helped him convince recruits and their parents that he would be at Clemson for the players' entire careers. He made sure to mention his contract status on the recruiting trail, he said.
"If it's not very good, I don't bring it up," he said. "But the opponents do."
Bowden also said he had nothing to do with the recruiting renaissance at the program run by his legendary father.
"Tips? Zero. I don't talk to him at all," Bowden said. "I used to be able to call him and say, 'Daddy, where are you going today?' and he'd say, 'I'm going to Jacksonville.' I knew who he was seeing. He doesn't give that information now.
I call mother. I say, "Mother, where's daddy going today?' She'll say, 'Well, he's going to Thomasville [Ga.],' and I'll know he's going to see that defensive lineman. I can still trick her. I can't trick him anymore."