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Top-ranked QB prospect says Clemson ‘is just different’

A pair of highly touted 2019 quarterback prospects took in Clemson’s victory over Auburn on Saturday from Death Valley.

One of them was Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley four-star Sam Howell, who spoke with The Clemson Insider about his experience.

“It was a really exciting game,” Howell said. “The fans are awesome every time I’m there. It’s just different at Clemson. Clemson is just a fun place, and the game was really fun.”

Howell, who is ranked as a top-five signal-caller in the 2019 class, previously visited Clemson to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June and was arguably the most impressive performer among the crop of quarterbacks there. He also attended Clemson’s win over Louisville last season.

Howell (6-1, 217) is in his third year as Sun Valley’s starting quarterback after amassing 6,803 yards passing and 73 touchdown passes the past two seasons.

Clemson recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter continues to express interest.

“He just said they are taking a really close look at me,” Howell said, “and that I am playing at a high level.”

Howell appreciates the fact he is being recruited by the defending national champions and said it serves as incentive for him.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “But it’s honestly more motivation knowing that one of the best programs in the country believes in me.”

Maryland was first to offer Howell last December. Since then, he has collected offers from Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, N.C. State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee among others.

Where would the Tigers stand should they pull the trigger on an offer?

“They would be highly considered,” Howell said.

Howell is ranked by Rivals and 247Sports as a top-five quarterback and top-250 prospect regardless of position.

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