Clemson football recruiting for the class of 2018 continues to heat up, but it’s never too early to take a peek ahead at the crop of prospects for 2019.
In this part of our “Looking Ahead” feature, The Clemson Insider looks at where the Tigers stand right now with their current quarterback targets:
Bo Nix, Pinson, Ala. (Pinson Valley High):
Nix, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class according to 247Sports, holds Clemson’s lone offer to a rising junior quarterback to date.
Nix (6-2, 190) picked up the offer during a visit to Clemson in March and returned to campus for a day of the Dabo Swinney Camp in June. He also visited for the Tigers’ win against Louisville last fall after competing at the Swinney Camp last summer.
Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee are among the other schools that have offered Nix, the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix.
Auburn is unsurprisingly viewed as the early favorite, though Clemson looks to be one of the SEC’s Tigers biggest threats. Nix (pictured) told TCI after the camp visit last month that Clemson was “definitely” high on his list.
Sam Howell, Monroe, N.C. (Sun Valley High):
Howell (6-1, 217) likewise competed for a day of the Swinney Camp in June and was one of the most impressive performers with his strong arm, quick release and sound mechanics.
Howell, who also visited Clemson for the Louisville game last season, received his first offer from Maryland in December. He added offers from Kentucky, Missouri, N.C. State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee among others in May before North Carolina offered in June. Duke extended his latest offer on Tuesday.
Through two high school football seasons, Howell has amassed 6,803 passing yards and 73 passing touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 444 yards rushing and 12 rushing scores.
Roschon Johnson, Port Neches, Texas (Port Neches-Groves High):
Johnson (6-1, 190) was the headlining name among the quarterback competitors on day one of the Swinney Camp’s second session last month. He made the trip to Clemson with his parents, and his father told us they had an “A-one” experience. Deshaun Watson is one of Johnson’s role models.
The highly regarded dual-threat has more than a dozen scholarship offers, including ones from Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M.
Johnson has visited Texas multiple times this offseason, and the Longhorns are the early leader in his recruitment.
As a sophomore last season, he threw for 2,318 yards and 26 touchdowns while throwing only six interceptions.
Garrett Shrader, Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian School):
Shrader earned a big offer from Alabama on Tuesday after competing at the Crimson Tide’s camp. Alabama joined Louisville, Missouri, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and others on his offer sheet.
Shrader (6-5, 190) is another who showed well at the first session of the Swinney Camp.
Paul Tyson, Trussville, Ala. (Hewitt-Trussville High):
Tyson (6-4, 205) first visited Clemson in March for its junior day and came back to compete at the full first session of the Swinney Camp.
Tyson, the great-grandson of legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, notched his first power conference offer from Kentucky in April. Duke and N.C. State followed with offers in June.
Tyson passed for 1,110 yards and nine touchdowns through seven games as a sophomore at Mountain Brook (Ala.) before transferring to Hewitt-Trussville. He tallied 263 passing yards and three touchdowns in Hewitt-Trussville’s spring game in May.
Among the other signal-callers we’re tracking in the 2019 cycle are Summerville (S.C.)’s Johnathan Bennett and Midlothian (Va.) Manchester’s Brendon Clark. Both competed at the Swinney Camp in June, as well.
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