Looking Ahead is a feature The Clemson Insider releases from time to time to take a look at where the Tigers stand with targets in the 2019 class.
In this article, we look at some of Clemson’s quarterback prospects:
Bo Nix, Pinson, Ala. (Pinson Valley High):
Nix is ranked among the top five quarterbacks and top 100 prospects in his class regardless of position. He received an offer from Clemson during a visit there in March and returned to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June. He most recently visited Clemson for the Auburn game in September and also attended the Louisville game last season.
Nix narrowed the field in August when he named Clemson one of his top eight schools along with Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Ohio State.
Nix is the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix, so the SEC’s Tigers are the presumed favorite to land his services. However, Nix’s strong relationship with Clemson quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter should keep the ACC’s Tigers in the mix. He is expected to make his decision sometime after his junior season.
Sam Howell, Monroe, N.C. (Sun Valley High):
Howell is ranked as a top-five pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class. He holds offers from Kentucky, Maryland, N.C. State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, West Virginia and others.
Clemson has yet to offer Howell, though he is firmly on the Tigers’ radar after impressing at the Swinney Camp in June. He visited Clemson for the Florida State game last weekend and was on hand for the Auburn game this season, as well.
Howell is in his third season as a starter. He had thrown for 2,599 yards and 31 touchdowns against nine interceptions through 11 games as a junior this season. In his first two years combined, he amassed 6,803 passing yards and 73 touchdowns through the air.
Howell hopes to commit in the spring.
Paul Tyson, Trussville, Ala. (Hewitt-Trussville High):
Tyson has had a monster junior season. In 11 games, he has completed 210-of-292 passes (72 percent) for 2,983 yards and 33 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
Wisconsin most recently offered Tyson, joining Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Southern Cal, Duke, N.C. State and Kentucky among others on his offer sheet.
Tyson, the great grandson of legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant, was likewise among the standout performers at the Swinney Camp over the summer. He first visited Clemson for its junior day in March.
Among other 2019 quarterbacks we’re keeping an eye on are Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances’s Jalon Jones, a Mississippi State commitment; Charlotte (N.C.) Christian’s Garrett Shrader; and Summerville (S.C.)’s Johnathan Bennett.