Clemson has made a move for a new quarterback target in the 2022 cycle, pulling the trigger on an offer to Austin (Texas) Westlake four-star Cade Klubnik.
Klubnik announced the offer Friday afternoon via social media. “WOW!! All glory to God! This one is special. I have built a great relationship with these coaches over the past 8 months,” he said in a Twitter post.
Clemson’s offer to Klubnik comes in the wake of Martin (Tenn.) Westview five-star quarterback Ty Simpson’s commitment to Alabama on Friday afternoon over his other finalists, Clemson, Tennessee and Ole Miss. Simpson was one of the first quarterbacks Clemson offered last August.
Now that Simpson has made his decision, the Tigers have quickly turned their attention to Klubnik, who had long been waiting for an offer from Clemson and told The Clemson Insider this week during a Zoom interview that it would have a significant impact on his recruitment. “It would be pretty big for me,” he said of a Clemson offer. “It would be huge.”
Klubnik is in the process of narrowing down his recruitment but has yet to formally trim his list of 30-plus offers. North Carolina, Florida and Texas are a few of the other schools standing out to him along with Clemson.
As for Klubnik’s commitment timeline, he told TCI he didn’t have a specific date in mind.
“I think I’ll just know,” he said. “There’s a lot of factors that go into it. But at the end of the day when I’ve come down to a couple schools, it’s just going to be kind of a gut feeling.”
Klubnik is ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect in the 2022 class by Rivals, which considers him the nation’s No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the class.
As a junior this past season, Klubnik led Westlake High School to its second straight 6A state championship, completing 68 percent of his passes for 3,495 yards and 35 touchdowns with just three interceptions while also rushing for 583 yards and 15 more scores on the ground.
Klubnik and his parents traveled to Clemson last fall to check out the campus and attend the Tigers’ game against Syracuse in October.
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