Grayson (Ga.) quarterback Chase Brice helped bring about one of the highlights of the Grayson-IMG Academy game on Saturday night.
The Clemson commit connected with Jamyest Williams, who announced a commitment to South Carolina prior to the game, on a 56-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter to give Grayson a 7-0 lead.
The Clemson Insider was at Grayson High for the contest, and caught up with Brice afterward.
“We had set him up with a lot of sweep motion, and they kind of got sucked down,” Brice said of the big play. “Then with Jamyest being fast and breaking away, all I had to do was put it out there, and he was going to catch it and score.”
Overall, Brice went 10-of-17 passing for 148 yards in Grayson’s 26-7 loss. He did a good job of managing a game that was closer than the box score suggests.
“I thought our whole team was ready,” Brice said. “We were fired up, pumped and ready to go. We scored first and went up seven, but IMG is a great team with a bunch of studs. They know how to battle back, and it didn’t really mess with them much.
“I thought we played hard. We didn’t give up. Our defense didn’t give up. They were on the field for quite a while. Offensively, I need to do a better job of distributing the ball and making better decisions. … We felt confident in our game plan, but just fell short today.”
One of the few mistakes Brice made was less of a mistake on his part and more of a great play by another future Tiger.
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, 2018 Clemson linebacker commit Mike Jones went to the ground to intercept a pass thrown by Brice.
“That kid is really good, and he’s only a junior,” Brice said of Jones. “He made a great interception on me. I threw it really low, and he just scooped it right before it hit the ground. I kind of joked with him after the game about that, but it’s cool seeing guys that are going to Clemson.”
Before the game, Clemson quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter was one of the coaches who called Brice to wish him well.
“I got off the phone with Streeter around 4 o’clock,” Brice said. “He was wishing me luck, encouraging me and telling me to stay poised.”
Brice was working hard to get Williams to join the Tigers before his pledge to the Gamecocks, but he is now making a case for Clemson to another teammate.
“My biggest guy was Jamyest,” Brice said when asked who he has been recruiting. “But he went to the rival school, which I’m proud of him anyways. Other than that, I’m working on D-lo (four-star safety DeAngelo Gibbs) a little bit, but he kind of keeps all his stuff closed in.”
This season, Brice plans to attend more than a few Clemson games.
“I’m actually going to be at the Auburn game next week,” Brice said, “and then most of the home games I can make.”
Brice is looking forward to being a part of the program in 2017.
“I’m really excited,” Brice said. “It’s a great school, and I’m really pumped about it.”