Swinney made the statement at the team's banquet.
Clemson received a huge boost for the 2018 season on Saturday as it was announced that star defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant will be returning to school instead of entering the 2018 National Football League draft.
Clemson junior receivers Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud, guard Taylor Hearn and safety Van Smith previously announced they're entering the draft. In 28 games as a starter Ferrell has recorded 15.5 sacks and 111 tackles for the Tigers.
WalterFootball.com projected the rising senior Bryant as a first or second round pick and the No. 4-rated defensive end.
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Ferrell is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound redshirt sophomore who led the Tigers with 9 1/2 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. He had 57 tackles for the season.
Wilkins, who earned his Clemson undergraduate degree in just three years, has been a two-time first-team All-American. He will be presented the Willis Award as the top Defensive Lineman in the nation by the Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club in February.
Ferrell and was named first-team All-ACC this past season, while Bryant was a second-team selection.
Bryant posted a breakout 2017 campaign, totaling 15.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 50 tackles and an interception.