Starting early in the day on Monday, there were rumors circulating that Ross would be entering the NCAA transfer portal. The onetime four-star recruit publicly shut those whispers down, as did Clemson’s official Twitter account.
Even as this was unfolding, Swinney apparently had no clue what was happening. According to the ACC Network’s Kelly Gramlich, he only became aware of the transfer talk surrounding Ross at around 5 p.m. yesterday when he spoke to some staff members.
Swinney apparently had been so locked into his work, he didn’t hear or see anything about Ross reportedly thinking of leaving.
Dabo Swinney doesn't have social media & locked himself in his office yesterday to work on All In Ball stuff. He emerged around 5 PM to go chat w/ staff members. Tyler Grisham said to him, "man that's crazy what's going on w/ Justyn" & Dabo said, "what's going on w/ Justyn?" 😂
— Kelly Gramlich (@kellygramlich) May 11, 2021
With Ross insisting he’ll remain at Clemson, Tigers fans can breathe a sigh of relief. The Phenix City, Ala. product missed all of last season with a neck injury but was a major force in his first two college campaigns.
As a true freshman in 2018, Ross caught 46 passes for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns as Clemson won the national title. The following season, he hauled in 66 receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Tigers will gladly welcome that sort of production back in the lineup in 2021.