When your programs success relies heavily on quarterback play (arguably no other school has relied on their quarterback as much as Clemson did the last three seasons), it always helps to start looking early.
Quarterback is a tough position to judge, especially at the high school level. So when Clemson takes interest in a player, they are making sure their time is spent wisely on players they believe can develop into great quarterbacks at the next level.
Sun Valley (N.C.) quarterback Sam Howell could be on his way to being one of Clemson’s 2019 targets. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound prospect was at the Dabo Swinney Football Camp last month and has since went to N.C. State, which is one of his top schools.
There still is some time left this summer for last minute visits, but Howell is ready to get down to business and start working out for this coming season.
“I have no more visits planned,” he said. “My focus is on the season now.”
Howell did mention he would like to get down to Death Valley for a game this year, and frequently speaks with quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter on the phone as they continue building their relationship.
Howell told The Clemson Insider that N.C. State, North Carolina and Maryland are recruiting him the hardest and he will start to narrow his top schools down throughout the season and make his final decision once it’s over. He is looking for a school that is a “good fit in all aspects” of the program and school.
While he already holds 14 offers from several SEC and ACC schools, Clemson is not one of those schools yet. If they do offer him, Howell said Clemson will definitely be at the top of his list.
“I mean Clemson will always be at the top,” said Howell. “Since the first time I watched a game there it was a dream of mine to play there.”
In addition to the fact Clemson runs a very similar offense to the one run at Howell’s high school, which would make it a “perfect fit” for him, he also mentioned the Tigers have a lot of things that other schools just don’t, starting with their head coach.
“I’m a fan of everything Dabo Swinney does,” said Howell. “And also going there you know you’re going to be surrounded by the best, which will only make me better, and you’ll have the opportunity to compete for a national championship.”
If he does choose Clemson, the Tigers will be getting a “great competitor and a guy who is willing to do anything to help his team win.”