By Chad Kelly.
Clemson fans have been anticipating seeing Tajh Boyd under center since he made the commitment to Clemson two years ago. This year Clemson fans will get their wish as he is slated to be the starting quarterback. Although the quarterback positions seems to be secure for now, as Tajh is only a red-shirt sophomore, that has not stopped the coaching staff from looking to the future and trying to add the next great Clemson quarterback. Here is a look at the 2012 recruiting preview for the quarterback position:
Currently on the roster: Tajh Boyd (sophomore), Cole Stoudt (true freshman), Tony McNeal (true freshman)
Incoming: Morgan Roberts (true freshman)
Scholarships available for QB: 1+, The Clemson coaching staff appears to be looking to add at least one quarterback to the 2012 class. Look for new Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris to personally go out and find a quarterback to fit his system. Someone that is a good athlete, has a quick release and can make quick decisions.
Quarterback’s High on Clemson’s Draft Boardt:
Chris Moody -Henry County (GA), 6’1” 200 lbs. dual-threat guy they recently offered.
Chad Voytik -Cleveland High School (OH) 6’1” 185 lbs. Great arm and can run.
Greyson Lambert -Wayne County (GA) 6’5” 200 lbs. Big, proto-typical strong armed quarterback.
Chad Kelly – St. Joseph’s (NY) 6’3” 205 lbs. Used to spread system, great arm that can also run with the ball.
Jameis Winston – Hueytown (AL) 6’4” 200 lbs. Two-sport standout. Quick release and excellent running ability.
Others they are looking at: Kaleb Nobles, Caleb Rowe, Ethan Long, Patton Robinette, Anthony Alford
Overview: Clemson has a lot of young quarterbacks right now, but they still want to get some new players that they can develop and fit in their offense. The majority of the guys the Tigers are recruiting are dual-threat quarterbacks that can make plays with their arms and feet. This is good and bad for the Tigers. No longer will they be recruiting pure pocket passers like a Cullen Harper. Instead they are going to be looking for players’ comfortable running a fast paced offense and guys that know how to work in the shotgun. With this change the Tigers may miss out on some top pro-style quarterbacks (like a Tajh Boyd) who choose more NFL-friendly offenses. Overall, their recruiting of quarterbacks this year will depend a lot on how the Tigers offense does in its first year under Chad Morris. If they can produce like many believe is possible, look for the top dual-threat quarterbacks to start taking a closer look at the Tigers.