The remaining 10 members of Clemson’s 2017 signing class arrived on campus June 25, joining early enrollees Hunter Johnson, Logan Rudolph, Baylon Spector and Blake Vinson.
The Clemson Insider gives a scouting report on each of the newcomers. We break down what the player does best, what he can do to earn playing time as a freshman, his future outlook and more.
Name: Chase Brice
Height, Weight: 6-3, 200
Hometown (High School): Grayson, Ga. (Grayson HS)
Prospect rankings: 4-star, No. 15 QB (Pocket Passer), No. 35 state, NR national (ESPN); 4-star, No. 10 QB (Pro-Style), No. 16 state, No. 184 national (Rivals); 3-star, No. 27 QB, No. 4 QB in state, NR national (Scout); 3-star, No. 14 QB (Pro-Style), No. 45 state, No. 445 national (247Sports)
High school stats & accolades: Led Grayson High School to the 7A state championship in 2016 and a 40-7 record as starting quarterback over the last four years… For career, completed 524 of 848 passes for 7,977 yards and 89 touchdowns against only 25 interceptions… As a senior, completed 173 of 269 passes for 2,830 yards and 33 touchdowns against just three interceptions, and posted a passing efficiency of 190.9… As a junior, threw for 2,703 yards and 29 touchdowns to only nine interceptions… As a sophomore, completed 139 of 229 passes for 1,941 yards and 20 touchdowns… All-state, all-county and all-metro selection
Strengths: Brice brings the intangibles you want in a player at his position. He is tough, poised in the pocket and calm under pressure. His leadership skills and competitive drive helped him win 40 games and a state title during his high school career. He has good arm strength, a quick release, throws the ball with touch and is mobile enough to make extra time to find receivers. He sees the field well and improved his mechanics throughout his four years as a starter at Grayson.
What he can do to earn playing time as freshman: It wouldn’t be wise to completely count Brice out of Clemson’s quarterback competition considering how successful he was at the highest level of high school football in Georgia, but the odds are stacked against him. He is being thrown into the fire, so to speak, against more experienced quarterbacks and an early enrollee who made strides during spring practice. To give himself a shot, Brice will need to lean on his competitiveness while quickly picking up the offensive install and demonstrating ability to command the offense.
Future outlook: Clemson has a wealth of talent at the quarterback position with more on the way, so it won’t be easy for Brice to become a starter in the future. At the very least, he is capable of carving out a successful career as a dependable backup. But Brice is a proven winner who shouldn’t be slept on with his talent and intangibles, and one thing is for sure — he won’t back down from the competition.
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