Spiller gives offense immediate boost

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

C.J. Spiller just gave Clemson's offense a huge boost with his decision to stay.

As of right now, he is Clemson's offense. Well, he and Jacoby Ford.

The decision is a bit of a surprise, considering his best friend, James Davis will be gone, as will quarterback Cullen Harper and the Tigers' top two receivers. However, Spiller has been known to make decisions he thinks are best -- not what everyone else thinks is best -- including his mother.

Patricia Watkins had wanted her son to go to Florida, and Spiller shocked a lot of people when he announced he would play for Clemson. Watkins reportedly advised her son to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft, too.

Spiller had said before the bowl game, though, that if Dabo Swinney was hired as the head coach, it would have a positive impact on his decision. After all, Swinney recruited Spiller. And heading into spring camp, Swinney needs his prized recruit more than ever.