Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has been resistant to using the transfer portal as a significant roster-building tool in recent years, but that could be changing this offseason.

The Tigers went 8-4 this season, failing to win 10+ games for the first time since the 2010 campaign. With Clemson seemingly falling further behind the nation’s other top programs, there’s been a lot of speculation about whether or not Clemson would use the transfer portal this offseason.

Clemson has made its first known offer in the portal this year to offensive lineman Alan Herron, who is transferring from Shorter University (Division II).

This is arguably the most significant known transfer offer that Swinney had made in the portal era. In the previous two classes, the only transfers Clemson has signed are backup quarterbacks Paul Tyson and Hunter Johnson.

Clemson will have some competition to land Herron in the portal this offseason. He’s already picked up offers from other programs such as Texas Tech and Louisville.

There is a recent precedent for a player from Shorter joining an ACC program via the transfer portal. Last offseason, Florida State signed former Shorter tight end Kyle Morlock. This past season, Morlock caught 19 passes for 255 yards and was a big part of Florida State’s TE room.

Herron just finished his sophomore season with Shorter so he will have multiple years of eligibility at his next program.